Judge Napolitano: Trump behavior ‘venal, amoral… repellant … might be enough to prosecute him’

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano leveled a critical assessment of President Donald Trump in light of the findings in Robert Mueller’s report which he claimed  “might be enough to prosecute” him.

Napolitano addressed the redacted report which was released Thursday and warned that, although Trump is celebrating that there was no collusion found between his campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, there is still plenty in the report that is “not good” for the president.

(Video via Fox News)

“Depending on how you look at them, there might be enough to prosecute, but the attorney general has decided it’s not enough to prosecute,” he said in the monologue on his digitally aired Fox Nation show, “Judge Napolitano’s Chambers” on Friday.

“But it did show a venal, amoral, deceptive Donald Trump, instructing his aides to lie and willing to help them do so. That’s not good in the president of the United States,” he added.

“On obstruction of justice … the president is not exactly cleared,” Napolitano went on, pointing to several instances of potential obstruction of justice Mueller noted in the more than 400 page report.

Speaking with Fox News, Napolitano called Trump’s behavior, as noted in the report, “immoral, deceptive and repellent,” but added that “it doesn’t rise to the level of criminality.”

Attorney General William Barr spoke with reporters ahead of releasing the report, reiterating that there was no collusion and defending the president who was often “frustrated and angered” during the nearly two-year-long investigation.

“There was relentless speculation in the news media about the president’s personal culpability, yet as he said from the beginning, there was, in fact, no collusion,” Barr said. “There is substantial evidence to show that the president was frustrated and angered by his sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents and fueled by illegal leaks.”

Trump took to social media in a string of tweets Friday, expressing his anger over some of the report’s findings and slamming “statements made by certain people” as “fabricated & totally untrue,” likely referring to former White House counsel Don McGahn.

Trump quoted Fox News host Tucker Carlson in one tweet referring to the obstruction of justice debate.

Napolitano weighed in on the instances of alleged obstruction of justice noted in the report during an appearance on Fox Business, warning “Democrats and the Trump haters” that an attempt to take the president down “may very well explode in their faces politically.”

Last month, Napolitano told Fox Business host Neil Cavuto that Mueller’s report “undoubtedly” had evidence of collusion and obstruction of justice.

“In the 700-page summary of the 2 million pages of raw evidence, there is undoubtedly some evidence of a conspiracy and some evidence of obstruction of justice,” he said. “Just not enough evidence.”

Napolitano’s take on the report and his assessment that there “might be enough to prosecute” Trump earned plenty of reaction on Twitter.


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