Former White House economic adviser Peter Navarro filed a motion Friday in federal court in Washington, DC, alleging that the FBI agents who arrested him last week had not read to him. Miranda rights or to grant him access to his lawyer.
Navarro was arrested last week for contempt of Congress when he boarded a flight at Reagan National Airport. He has refused to cooperate with the Jan. 6 commission, citing claims of executive privilege and constitutional objections.
Navarro asks the court to compel the FBI to provide documents about his arrest. In his motion he states:
In order to establish the essential facts of this case, including facts relating to the defendant’s request for a deferral of payment, the defendant alleges that the prosecution immediately provides the following: (1) all video and audio recordings of the arrest of the defendant from the jetway at the Reagan airport to the FBI holding facility, (2) full transcripts of the conversations that took place, (3) all notes that contributed to the report issued on June 6, 2022 by special Agents Walter Giardina and Special Agent Sebastian Gardner; and (4) signed affidavits from Special Agents Walter Giardina and Sebastian Gardner, denying that the defendant had sought legal advice about the jetway he was being taken to and declaring that he would grant him his Miranda rights from a written sheet of paper were read.
The defendant further insists that minutes before the arraignment, the prosecutor disclose any role she has played and provide all associated documents in the assignment of a public defender, rather than allowing the defendant to seek legal advice. during his hours of incarceration prior to arraignment. to the magistrate’s hearing after the defendant specifically requested that he be able to do so in the jetway immediately after his arrest.
As soon as the defendant asked for legal advice, the agents of a written card should have read the defendant his Miranda rights and made every effort to give him a phone call to obtain legal advice, as he did well before his court. requested at the latest. They did not do this and thereby deprived the defendant of appropriate legal aid.
He also claims he was handcuffed and placed in leg irons, and held in a cell without being supplied with water.
Navarro was assigned a public defender, but says he is not aware of the facts of the case. He represents himself.
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