Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano says Trump's Ukraine call was both criminal and impeachable

Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano says Trump\
Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano says Trump\'s Ukraine call was both criminal and impeachable  

WASHINGTON - Fox News' senior judicial analyst, Andrew Napolitano, said Thursday that the summary released by the White House of a July 25 phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky demonstrates "both criminal and impeachable behavior" by Trump.

Though the president has said it was a "perfect call" and that the summary exonerates him, Napolitano said in an opinion piece that the call showed that Trump was guilty of violating campaign finance law, bribery and intimidating witnesses.

The former New Jersey judge's opinion made a social media splash because he works for a cable news network that is home to pro-Trump media figures like Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Jeanine Pirro and the hosts of "Fox & Friends." The article repeated several points Napolitano has made on air since the scandal broke.

Napolitano has bucked his conservative colleagues before, particularly with his view that special counsel Robert Mueller also revealed impeachable offenses.

Perilous times for Trump: By 45%-38%, Americans support impeaching him over Ukraine allegations, poll finds

"The criminal behavior to which Trump has admitted is much more grave than anything alleged or unearthed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and much of what Mueller revealed was impeachable," Napolitano wrote Thursday about Trump's call to Zelensky.

The call is at the center of an impeachment inquiry after a whistleblower complaint accused Trump of "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election." Trump is alleged to have used approved military aid as leverage to demand that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, who has generally led in Democratic primary polling.

Though the president and his defenders have denied evidence of a "quid pro quo" in the phone call, Napolitano said that Trump's request for a "favor" after Zelensky spoke of his need for anti-tank missiles was a "clear unmistakable inference" that approved military aid "would be held up until the favor was delivered."

"The favor he sought was dirt on Biden," Napolitano said.

Impeachment pressure: Trump says China should investigate Joe Biden, family

Napolitano also said the "president need not have committed a crime in order to be impeached, but he needs to have engaged in behavior that threatens the constitutional stability of the United States or the rule of law as we have come to know it."

The judge decried Trump's verbal attacks on the whistleblower and "suggesting that the whistleblower and those who have helped him are spies and ought to be treated as spies were in 'the old days' (Trump's phrase) - that is, by hanging."

He called Trump's "allusions to violence are palpably dangerous" and said they "will give cover to crazies who crave violence, as other intemperate words of his have done."

And he said that Trump's retweet of a pastor's suggestion that impeachment could lead to civil war was "a dog whistle to the deranged."

Napolitano expressed shock that Trump would try to engage a country to interfere in the 2020 election immediately after Mueller's investigation, which outlined a "sweeping and systematic" Russian campaign to sway the 2016 election.

"Now he has attempted in one phone call to bring the Ukrainian government into the 2020 election! Does he understand the laws he has sworn to uphold?" Napolitano asked. "It was to remedy just such reckless, constitutionally destructive behavior that impeachment was intended."

Napolitano's opinion sparked the ire of many Fox News viewers as well as Fox News contributor and former U.S. Attorney Joe DiGenova who called Napolitano "a fool" during an appearance on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."

"Nothing that the president said on that call or what we think he said on that call constitutes a crime," DiGenova said. "And even if he had said you're not going to get the money it would not be a crime."

Explainer: Biden, allies pushed out Ukrainian prosecutor because he didn't pursue corruption cases

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump Ukraine call 'criminal and impeachable,' Fox's Napolitano says


More Related News

Fauci: Hydroxychloroquine not effective against coronavirus
Fauci: Hydroxychloroquine not effective against coronavirus

Dr. Anthony Fauci's comments come days after a 96,000-patient observational study concluded new findings about hydroxychloroquine.

Kathy Griffin Gets Backlash for Tweet About Giving Trump Syringe Filled With Air
Kathy Griffin Gets Backlash for Tweet About Giving Trump Syringe Filled With Air

Comedian Kathy Griffin has once again stirred up controversy with a tweet about President Trump. Griffin's name became trending on Twitter on Tuesday night after she tweeted about stabbing the president with a syringe full of air. Her post was in response to a tweet from CNN's chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta, who wrote […]

Inside the Dizzying Effort to Pitch Trump to Black Voters
Inside the Dizzying Effort to Pitch Trump to Black Voters

WASHINGTON -- Nearly every week this spring, President Donald Trump's reelection team has held one of the most peculiar events of the 2020 online campaign: "Black Voices for Trump Real Talk." It is a dizzying effort by Trump's black advisers to put their spin on his record -- often with a hall-of-mirrors quality, as they push false claims about opponents while boosting a president who retweets racist material.The most recent session, on Saturday night, was one of the most head-spinning yet. For an hour on a livestream, three black Republicans tried to portray former Vice President Joe Biden as a racist, while ignoring decades of racially divisive behavior by Trump, from his remarks on the...

Widower of late Scarborough staffer asks Twitter to take down Trump
Widower of late Scarborough staffer asks Twitter to take down Trump's tweets

Trump has resurrected conspiracy theories about a 2001 accidental death to attack critical talk show host Joe Scarborough.

Trump insults Marine veteran Rep. Conor Lamb, calls him an
Trump insults Marine veteran Rep. Conor Lamb, calls him an 'American fraud'

President Trump spent part of Memorial Day taking shots at Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Penn.), calling him an "American fraud," misrepresenting his voting record, and spelling his name wrong, all in one tweet.Lamb, a Marine Corps veteran, represents Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District. The

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: Latin America