Former Trump Adviser Peter Navarro Resubmits Prison Stay Appeal to Another Supreme Court Justice

Peter Navarro

Peter Navarro, the former White House trade adviser under Donald Trump, seeks to overturn his federal prison sentence by appealing to Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch after Chief Justice John Roberts rejected his previous bid.

Former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro is making another attempt to stay out of federal prison by resubmitting his appeal to Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Navarro, who served under President Donald Trump, is currently serving a four-month prison sentence for two counts of contempt of Congress. Despite previous rejections from Chief Justice John Roberts, Navarro and his legal team are hoping for a different outcome with Gorsuch.

Navarro’s legal troubles stem from his refusal to cooperate with congressional investigators working on the House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

After being found guilty in September 2023, Navarro was sentenced to prison time and fined $9,500 by U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta.

Despite multiple appeals in lower and appellate courts throughout February and March, Navarro was unsuccessful in delaying his prison sentence.

Chief Justice Roberts declined Navarro’s previous attempt to remain free on bail while awaiting the outcome of his appeals process.

In a letter dated Tuesday, Navarro’s attorneys formally requested Supreme Court Clerk Scott Harris to resubmit their emergency stay application to Justice Gorsuch.

They argue that there is a discrepancy between the timeline of Navarro’s appeal and the duration of his prison sentence. The appeal process is set to conclude after Navarro has already served his entire sentence.

The renewal application, permitted under Supreme Court Rule 22, is seen as Navarro’s last-ditch effort to avoid serving his prison sentence.

However, legal experts suggest that the chances of success are slim, with University of Texas Law Professor Steve Vladeck stating that such filings are typically denied by the full Court.

While there is no set deadline for a response to Navarro’s appeal, the decision is unlikely to be in his favor based on past precedents.

Despite this, Navarro and his legal team are pushing forward in their efforts to overturn his conviction and avoid incarceration.