Former White House economic adviser Peter Navarro filed a motion in federal court in Washington, D.C. on Friday, saying the FBI agents who arrested him last week did not read his statement to him. Miranda rights or to give him access to his lawyer.
Navarro was arrested last week for contempt of Congress while boarding a flight at Reagan National Airport. He refused to cooperate with the January 6 Committee, citing allegations of executive privilege and constitutional objections.
Navarro asks the court to compel the FBI to provide documents relating to his arrest. In his motion he alleges:
To determine the key facts in this case, including the facts related to the defendant’s motion for an extension, the defendant requests that the prosecution immediately provide: (1) all video and audio recordings of the defendant’s arrest from the gateway from Reagan Airport to the FBI holding facility, (2) full transcripts of conversations that took place, (3) all notes that contributed to the report released June 6, 2022 by Special Agents Walter Giardina and the Special Agent Sebastian Gardner; and (4) signed affidavits from Special Agents Walter Giardina and Sebastian Gardner denying that the defendant sought legal advice on the catwalk where he was taken and stating that he read his Miranda rights on a written piece of paper.
The defendant further requests that the prosecution disclose any role it may have played and provide any related documents in assigning a public defender just minutes before the arraignment in lieu of allowing the defendant to seek counsel. legal during his hours of incarceration prior to the magistrate’s hearing after the defendant specifically requested the opportunity to do so immediately after his arrest in the gateway.
As soon as the defendant asked to seek legal advice, the officers should have read from a written card from the defendant his Miranda rights and made every effort to allow him a phone call to seek legal advice as he asked long before his court. appearance. They failed to do so and thus deprived the defendant of proper legal advice.
He also alleges that he was handcuffed and leg ironed, and held in a cell without access to water.
Navarro received a public defender, but says she was unaware of the facts of the case. He represents himself.
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