Peter Navarro, the previous financial adviser to Donald Trump, instructed a federal judge on Wednesday that he is “at a extreme disadvantage” and is struggling with problems putting collectively a crew of legal professionals.
In a letter to judge Amit Mehta of the DC district courtroom, Mr Navarro argued that although he remained with out lawful illustration, the prosecution has begun filing motions to press for a speedy trial.
The justice department previous Friday indicted Mr Navarro for contempt of Congress right after he refused to comply with a congressional subpoena from the select committee investigating the 6 January riot at the US Capitol. He was arrested on Friday morning as he was boarding a airplane to Nashville.
Mr Navarro reported in his letter that he is “very actively looking for a legal team” but facing “a quantity of hurdles”. Previously, he experienced hinted at defending himself to stay away from paying out a big sum in legal costs.
“My very freedom below is at stake and I check with for the court’s understanding that it will consider time the two to locate the acceptable illustration and time to create an proper lawful approach,” the letter go through.
The 77-12 months-aged reportedly also urged the decide to give him a 45-day extension to gather ample authorized counsel and put together his defence.
“I will discuss at a later day on the merits of permitting this civil match to progress prior to any criminal prosecution of what is a extremely controversial and unprecedented scenario,” he wrote.
The former Trump adviser explained to Fox Information on Wednesday that selecting a attorney would wipe out his retirement cost savings. “This is likely to value a 50 % a million dollars, from what I’m being informed… I’ll be having canine foodstuff if I stay out of jail so I am making an attempt to grapple with that.”
Last week, Mr Navarro instructed reporters that he was “representing myself pro” mainly because he did not want to be “dragged down into the muck of expending hundreds of countless numbers of dollars of my retirement savings on this type of venture”.
In the meantime, Mr Trump has condemned his previous trade adviser’s indictment, asking why people concerned in Black Life Make any difference and Antifa protests have been not held to the same account.
“Our good trade genius, Professor Peter Navarro, was just handcuffed, shackled, and set in jail, whilst the lowlifes [sic] of ANTIFA and BLM are permitted to rip off the community, roam cost-free on the streets, destroy individuals, and ruin our at the time terrific towns (all run by Democrats),” the former president claimed on Reality Social.