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U.S. Marshals Arrest Pro-Trump Lawyer After Court Appearance In D.C.

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An attorney facing criminal charges for unlawfully accessing Michigan voting machines following the 2020 election was apprehended on Monday after a hearing in a separate case in federal court in Washington, D.C., The Associated Press reported.

Following a hearing about potential sanctions against Stefanie Lambert for disclosing private emails from Dominion Voting Systems, which have been the focus of theories regarding the defeat of former President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, U.S. Marshals detained her.

Lambert acquired the Dominion emails while representing Patrick Byrne, a key supporter of election theories who is facing a defamation lawsuit filed by Dominion, the AP added.

The Marshal’s office said in a statement that Lambert was arrested on “local charges.” Earlier this month, a Michigan judge issued a bench warrant for Lambert after she failed to attend a hearing in her case.

Lambert faces four felony charges for accessing voting machines in search of evidence supporting an election theory against Trump. Lambert had previously filed an unsuccessful lawsuit to overturn Trump’s defeat in Michigan, the AP noted further.

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Earlier on Monday, Lambert admitted to sharing records from Dominion Voting Systems with “law enforcement.”

According to the AP, she attached an affidavit with some of the leaked emails, signed by Dar Leaf, a county sheriff in southwestern Michigan who has looked into claims of widespread election fraud during the 2020 election.

The remaining documents were uploaded to an account under Leaf’s name on the X platform, according to the report.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled late Monday that Peter Navarro, a former adviser to then-President Donald Trump, cannot remain free and must begin his prison sentence even as he appeals his contempt of Congress conviction.

USA Today reported that the Federal Bureau of Prisons had scheduled Navarro to report by 2 p.m. Tuesday in Miami unless the nation’s highest court intervened. He was sentenced to four months behind bars.

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Chief Justice John Roberts said that he found no grounds to oppose an appeals court ruling denying Navarro’s request to remain free, emphasizing that this decision is separate from a ruling on the appeal itself.

Navarro was convicted in federal court in September after he refused to provide testimony and documents to the Nancy Pelosi-selected January 6 Committee as it ostensibly investigated the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building in 2021. Republicans have since released evidence indicating that the committee buried exculpatory evidence on Trump and either destroyed or blocked access to reams of data.

Navarro, a former trade adviser, has argued that he couldn’t cooperate with the House inquiry because Trump had asserted executive privilege to protect their communications from disclosure. However, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta, an Obama appointee, determined that there was no evidence to support Navarro’s claim that Trump had invoked executive privilege.

Last week, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that Navarro had forfeited his opportunity to assert an executive privilege argument and is unlikely to succeed in his appeal, USA Today added.

Navarro contended that he should be allowed to remain free while appealing, citing reasons such as his unlikely flight risk and the absence of any threat to public safety. Additionally, he says that his appeal raises significant issues, such as the definition of a “proper” invocation of executive privilege, which could potentially overturn his conviction.

The Jan. 6 committee sought to interview Navarro due to his account in his 2021 book “In Trump Time,” wherein he detailed a plan to delay the certification of President Joe Biden’s election. Navarro referred to the scheme as the “Green Bay Sweep” and characterized it as the “last, best chance to snatch a stolen election from the Democrats’ jaws of deceit.”

According to the committee, Navarro later said in an interview that Trump was “on board with the strategy.”

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