MARIA BARTIROMO (ANCHOR): Before an executive order reaches the president's desk, it must first be vetted. It's vetted by the Department of Justice, which begs the question — how were 17 of these executive orders ready to go, and waiting for President Biden to sign minutes after inauguration, on day one?
Former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro prepared executive orders for President Trump. He knows the process better than most. Peter, good morning to you, good to see you. So let's talk about that, in terms of the executive orders. What is the process, Peter? Take us through so that we can better understand how it was that President Biden was able to get so many EO's out on day one.
PETER NAVARRO (FORMER WHITE HOUSE TRADE ADVISER): Sure, Maria. In my term, 4 years at the White House, I probably drafted over 50 of these orders. What you have to do is make sure you have the statutory authority to do what you're going to do, right. And the last checkbox that needs to be done is at the Department of Justice, for what's called form and legality.
Now, here's the news behind the news. Bill Barr, President Trump's attorney general, actually turns out to be also Joe Biden's first attorney general. Because here was what was happening. We had over 30 executive orders queued after Election Day, ready to go, but we kept running into all these roadblocks and roadblocks and hurdles. It turns out that Bill Barr's Office of Legal Counsel was fast-tracking all of these Biden EO's, and basically it was a deep state coup.