U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta questioned why the DOJ arrested former Trump adviser Peter Navarro in the manner that they did.
At a hearing in Navarro’s case on Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta indicated he agreed federal agents used unnecessary force against the former White House official, Politico reported.
“It is curious … at a minimum why the government treated Mr. Navarro’s arrest in the way it did,” said Mehta. “It is a federal crime, but it is not a violent crime.”
Mehta said it was baffling that prosecutors didn’t simply tell Navarro he was going to be charged and let him walk into an FBI office.
“It is a surprise to me that self-surrender was not offered,” said the judge, who didn’t demand an explanation from prosecutors.
Peter Navarro filed a motion in court regarding his arrest.
In the court filing, Navarro says that he was not read Miranda rights and was not given access to a lawyer.
To determine key facts in this case, including facts related to the defendantâ€™s motion requesting a continuance, the defendant moves that the prosecution immediately provide: (1) all video and audio recordings of the defendantâ€™s arrest from the jetway at Reagan airport to the FBI holding facility, (2) full transcripts of the conversations that took place, (3) all notes that contributed to the report issued on June 6, 2022 by Special Agents Walter Giardina and Special Agent Sebastian Gardner; and (4) signed affidavits from Special Agents Walter Giardina and Sebastian Gardner denying the defendant requested a call for legal advice on the jetway where he was taken and stating that he was read his Miranda rights from a written sheet of paper.
The defendant further moves that the prosecution reveal any role it may have played, and provide any associated documents, in the assignment of a public defender mere minutes before the arraignment in lieu of allowing the defendant to call for legal advice during his hours of incarceration prior to the magistrateâ€™s hearing after the defendant specifically requested the ability to do so immediately upon his arrest in the jetway.
As soon as the defendant asked to call for legal advice, the agents should have read from a written card the defendant his Miranda rights and done everything within their power to allow him a phone call to seek legal advice as he requested well prior to his court appearance. They did not do so and thereby deprived the defendant of appropriate legal counsel.
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