President Donald Trump unloaded with both barrels late Saturday on Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano in response to the former judge accusing him of obstruction of justice.
Taking to Twitter, Trump praised former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz for “destroying” Napolitano’s “very dumb legal argument.”
“Thank you to brilliant and highly respected attorney Alan Dershowitz for destroying the very dumb legal argument of “Judge” Andrew Napolitano…” the president tweeted.
But the president didn’t stop there in dumping on Napolitano, claiming that the Fox News analyst asked him for an appointment to the Supreme Court and also asked for the pardon of a friend — it’s not clear who this individual is, if true.
Trump got in a two-fer, taking a cheap shot at “low ratings Shepard Smith,” the Fox News anchor who has also been critical of Trump.
“Ever since Andrew came to my office to ask that I appoint him to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I said NO, he has been very hostile! Also asked for pardon for his friend. A good “pal” of low ratings Shepard Smith,” Trump said in a follow-up tweet.
….Ever since Andrew came to my office to ask that I appoint him to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I said NO, he has been very hostile! Also asked for pardon for his friend. A good “pal” of low ratings Shepard Smith.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2019
As for the president’s praise of Dershowitz, the former law professor appeared on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” and was asked to respond to Napolitano flatly accusing Trump of obstruction of justice.
A clip was played of Napolitano suggesting that Trump ordered underlings to “break federal law to save him from the consequences of his own behavior.”
“That is immoral,” he said in the video clip. “That is criminal, that is defenseless and that is condemnable.”
As expected, the liberal anti-Trump media jumped all over Napoloitano’s remarks to add to the push for impeachment.
Dershowitz disagreed with Napolitano, saying that as he pointed out in his report on the Mueller investigation, in the elements of obstruction of justice the act itself has to be illegal.
“It can’t be an act that’s authorized under Article Two of the Constitution,” Dershowitz said. “It can’t be obstruction of justice if the president is acting within his authority.”
Which is to suggest that Trump did not do anything he was not legally able to do.
On the subject of impeachment, Dershowitz said Democrats like Rep. Maxine Waters had better start listening to him.
“It’s gonna come back to hurt the Democrats,” he said of any effort to try to impeach Trump. “I’m a Democrat. I’m a liberal. I want to see the Constitution complied with. I want to see the Democrats do the right thing.”
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