Peter Navarro, a former adviser to President Trump who was cited for contempt by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s partisan Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot investigation committee and arrested and leg-chained, has written a commentary blasting her for her “Stalin-like” prosecution of Trump.
It is at Real Clear Politics that Navarro called Pelosi’s stunt, beginning this week, to hold televising hearings so that Democrats can present their version of the facts to the public, as an “illegitimate court.”
He pointed out as Pelosi prepares for “a show trial of Donald Trump,” he sued her and the committee for acting as judge and jury, a violation of the Constitution’s separation of powers.
“Yes, congressional committees do have the power to investigate. Yet, they can only do so in pursuit of a ‘legislative function,’ e.g., to enact new rules, regulations, or policies,” he said. “What settled law explicitly rules out is the pursuit of a ‘judicial function’ in which a congressional committee seeks to act as judge, jury, and executioner. That clearly violates the separation of powers – punishment is reserved exclusively for the judicial branch.”
He explained Pelosi’s partisan committee has had as its goal to subject Trump and his advisers to “shame, humiliation, ostracization, banishment, denial of public office, and possible imprisonment that comes with being falsely accused of being insurrectionists seeking to overturn a fair election.”
But he warned that the committee members already have spent five years attempting “a thoroughly discredited Russia hoax, two attempted impeachments, a Trump censure, and three House resolutions to remove Trump from office.”
He ticked of the committee participants:
- “The committee’s chair, Bennie Thompson, himself created a task force in 2017 as part of the perpetuation of the Russia hoax and has described President Trump as ‘racist and unfit to serve.’ Thompson also refused to show up for Trump’s 2017 inauguration.” Navarro pointed out that Thompson’s chief lieutenant, Adam Schiff, was the lead investigator for the first Trump impeachment trial and the tip of the Democrat’s spear for the Russia hoax.
- “Jamie Raskin, the lead House Impeachment Manager for the second impeachment trial, has referred to Trump as ‘a barbarian,’ and likewise repeatedly pushed the Russia hoax. Raskin also led the charge in pushing a trifecta of House resolutions to remove Trump from office.”
- “Zoe Lofgren has called Trump ‘an ignorant bigot’ who ‘shames our country’ while seeking ‘to disqualify him from holding future office.’ Elaine Luria boycotted Trump’s 2020 State of the Union address and attempted to convict Trump in the court of public opinion of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors set by the Constitution.'”
- “Pete Aguilar and Stephanie Murphy likewise voted ‘yes’ on both impeachments and co-sponsored H.Res. 24 which initiated the second impeachment. In acting as judge and jury in the second impeachment trial, Aguilar falsely alleged that ‘President Trump attempted to use the power of his office to coerce a foreign government to interfere in an American election.'”
The two GOP members on the committee, Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, were picked by Pelosi after she refused to seat those nominated by the GOP minority.
According to Navarro, Kinzinger “has a score to settle with Trump” after he was forced out of running for re-election, and Cheney “is a long-term foe because of Trump’s well-placed criticism that Cheney’s father Vice President Dick Cheney played a major role in prosecuting the ‘endless wars’ in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
The hearings by Pelosi, for which a television executive has been hired to advise, “will effectively be the committee’s opening argument in support of a trumped up, Stalin-like criminal case against Donald Trump; and it is high time that our judicial branch puts a stop to the committee’s gross violations of the separation of powers,” Navarro said.
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