Trump trade advisor Peter Navarro was walked out of the Nashville International Airport in handcuffs and leg irons on Friday for defying the January 6th committee. But evidently, that’s not enough for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
Schiff, who ironically heads the House Intelligence Committee, complained in a CBS interview on Sunday that the Justice Department (DOJ) wasn’t doing enough to prosecute conservative officials.
"It is very puzzling, why [Trump officials Mark Meadows and Dan Scavino] would be treated differently than the two that the Justice Department is prosecuting. There is no absolute immunity,” Schiff said. “These witnesses have very relevant testimony to offer in terms of what went into the violence of January 6, the propagation of the big lie, and the idea that witnesses could simply fail to show up and when the statute requires the Justice Department to present those cases to the grand jury, and they don't, is deeply troubling."
Schiff even went so far as to say that the DOJ is a “disappointment” when it comes to helping out the Jan. 6 committee.
"We hope to get more insight from the Justice Department,” he continued, “but, I think, [it’s] a grave disappointment and could impede our work if other witnesses think they can likewise refuse to show up with impunity.”
Schiff’s comments on “Face the Nation” contradict the fact that Meadows, Trump’s chief of staff, and Scavino, a Trump communications advisor, have largely cooperated with the whims of the January 6th committee, albeit to a lesser degree than certain House Democrats might approve of.
The January 6th committee, helmed by seven Democratic representatives along with “moderate” Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), has, so far, acted with little restraint in its targeting of conservatives. Navarro and former Trump advisor Steve Bannon have both been charged with contempt of Congress, an offense that carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison.
The spectacle of Navarro’s arrest has largely been consistent with how the committee has conducted its “investigation.”
From the committee’s earliest days, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) quickly rebuffed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) efforts to seat legitimate conservatives on the committee, thus failing to appoint the required 13 committee members.
Since then, members of the committee – evidently drunk with power – have sought to persecute and dig up dirt on their own House colleagues. Even political commentators who never entered the Capitol have been shaken down by the committee under the threat of legal prosecution.
The committee recently enlisted former ABC executive James Goldston as an advisor, seemingly setting the stage for a blockbuster hearing aimed to shock and titillate rather than provide an honest account of the events of the Capitol storming.
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