Last week, millions of Americans were outraged after Michael Sussmann, a former attorney for Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign, was found not guilty by what many feel was a stacked jury of lying to the FBI.
According to special counsel John Durham, Sussmann lied to the FBI’s top lawyer when he went to see him in September of that year to spread an ultimately false narrative about Clinton’s GOP opponent, Donald Trump. A text message introduced during Sussmann’s trial by Durham’s prosecutors said he wasn’t coming to the FBI at the direction of any client — that he was acting on his own volition — but instead, Durham’s team argued, Sussmann was actually working on behalf of the Clinton campaign.
Nevertheless, a jury that contained several donors to Clinton’s campaign, as well as one whose high school-aged daughter was on the same sports team as Sussmann’s, found the former federal prosecutor not guilty.
Just days later, however, the FBI arrested former top Trump adviser Peter Navarro for failing to comply with a subpoena from the Jan. 6 committee demanding he testify.
Navarro, 72, was charged with one contempt count for failing to appear for a deposition before the House committee and a second charge for failing to produce documents the committee requested.
If convicted on each Navarro count faces a minimum possible sentence of 30 days in jail and a maximum of one year. He is also subject to fines as high as $100,000.
BREAKING: Former Trump White House official Peter Navarro has been indicted on contempt of Congress charges for defying Jan. 6 committee subpoenas. https://t.co/fVASZPeGpb
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 3, 2022
The perceived political bias did not go unnoticed.
“Peter Navarro in handcuffs and Michael Sussmann off scot-free. Tell me more about that ‘neutral rule of law,'” wrote Josh Hammer, the opinion editor for Newsweek magazine, on Twitter.
Peter Navarro in handcuffs and Michael Sussmann off scot-free.
Tell me more about that “neutral rule of law."
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) June 3, 2022
“It’s ok to lie to the FBI when you are a democrat. FBI is the KGB for the democrats. This isn’t hard,” wrote conservative commentator “Reaganette.”
Others sounded off as well.
If there were ever a federal agency that needs defunded, it’s the FBI.
— Dr. Jonny Republic If You Can Keep It 🇺🇸 (@JonDougherty10) June 4, 2022
A DOJ that 1) has time to prosecute political opponents 2) as a result of a partisan committee 3) that chases political opponents for a legally-organized protest where a few dozen popped off, and 4) arrests those opponents like mobsters, is corrupt and not serious about crime.
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) June 3, 2022
Banana republic..end of story
— Blake (@Blake_fl_) June 3, 2022