If Peter Navarro goes to prison, he will hear the lions roar

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Peter Navarro addresses the annual meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on February 24.



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Former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro, if he can’t get a last-minute reprieve from the Supreme Court, hopes to spend his next few months working on air conditioning and sleeping in a dormitory for “elderly” male inmates at a prison. to a zoo.

On Tuesday, Navarro, 74, will become the first former White House official jailed for contempt of Congress. He is due to report to a Federal Bureau of Prisons minimum-security satellite camp in Miami on Tuesday morning.

“Not only can you hear the lions… you can hear the lions roar every morning,” said Sam Mangel, Navarro corrections consultant.

“He’s nervous,” Mangel told CNN about Navarro. “Anyone, regardless of the length of their sentence, enters an unknown world.”

Mangel is part of a cottage industry in the legal world aimed at helping prepare wealthy convicts and their families for time behind bars. She said she spoke with Navarro on Monday.

Navarro was sentenced to four months in prison after a jury found him guilty of failing to respond to congressional subpoenas for documents and testimony in the House investigation into the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Navarro is still appealing and has asked the Supreme Court to intervene before turning himself in Tuesday morning. Another Trump adviser, Steve Bannon, was also sentenced to four months in prison for contempt of Congress related to the same investigation, but his prison report date is on hold while he also files appeals.

“It’s historic, and it will be historic for future White House aides who are subpoenaed by Congress,” Stanley Brand, a former House general counsel who now represents Navarro as one of his defense attorneys, said Monday.

If the Supreme Court does not intervene and decide to postpone the date of his prison report, Navarro is unlikely to serve the full four months of his sentence due to laws that allow early release of federal inmates. Mangel said he expects the time served to be about 90 days.

Mangel said Navarro will have to take classes and get a job inside the prison. The corrections consultant has urged him to look for positions as a law library or orderly clerk, so he can spend the next few months in the air conditioning as Miami’s weather warms up.

Given his age, Navarro will also ask to be in a dormitory for elderly inmates that houses about 80 men in bunk beds.

“There’s no privacy in the bedroom,” Mangel said. “It can be scary and intimidating. But he will be perfectly safe.”

Mangel said there are two more clients already serving time in that prison camp – a doctor and someone involved in politics whom he does not want to name – who are planning to help Navarro “acclimatize.”

The federal penitentiary facility Navarro is headed to in Miami is one of the oldest prison camps in the country, housing fewer than 200 inmates in its aging infrastructure. The prison has a large group of inmates from Puerto Rico, because it is the closest Bureau of Prisons facility to the territory.

Inside, Navarro will be able to make more than eight hours of phone calls a month and will have access to email. He will also be able to follow the news on a few dozen televisions inside the prison, half of which are broadcast in Spanish and half in English, Mangel said.

US Federal Bureau of Prisons

This photo from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons shows FCI Miami, a low-security federal correctional institution with an adjacent minimum-security satellite camp.

The Justice Department on Monday asked the Supreme Court to reject Navarro’s latest attempt to avoid reporting to prison.

Attorney General Elizabeth Prelogar called Navarro’s arguments “baseless” and urged the court to deny his emergency appeal, arguing that his challenge is not likely to result in a reversal of his conviction.

Navarro’s “numerous arguments fall into two main categories, and neither of them is likely to result in a reversal or a new trial,” Prelogar told the court. He said Navarro’s main argument – ​​that a federal judge’s decision not to allow him to raise an executive privilege argument at trial was flawed – will not ultimately change the outcome of his criminal case.

“Even a successful claim of privilege would not excuse the applicant’s complete failure to comply with the subpoena,” Prelogar wrote. “(Navarro) has waived contrary arguments with respect to all of those points, each of which is an independent reason for rejecting his claims here.”

CNN’s Devan Cole contributed to this report.

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