Today, Maria Bartiromo had Judge Andrew Napolitano on her “Mornings with Maria” program to ask him to respond to President Trump’s Saturday tweets that showed his obvious frustration …
….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
Judge Nap talked openly with Bartiromo about the President’s beef with him.
Regarding the presidential pardon … “You know, the pardon that he and I discussed is of a mutual friend of his and mine and he asked me to tell him what the person was convicted of and if I thought the conviction was just. I described what the person was convicted of. I described that it was just, the president used a very strong term to condemn the conviction and he said you know this person as well as I do … call this person up and tell him, tell this person he’s going to be on the list of pardons that I will seriously consider.”
“He and I have been friends for 30 years,” the judge commented, “and probably will be for the next 30 years.”
“This is way you treat your friends,” he added, “how do you treat your enemies? Oh boy.”
In an interesting recounting of whether Napolitano asked for a Supreme Court appointment, he said: “No … he and I spoke for about three hours in two 90-minute meetings … this is when he was the president-elect … about the type of person that should replace Justice Scalia. And in the process of my describing that person and the person I was describing, was Judge Neil Gorsuch, he looked to me and said, ‘sounds like you’re describing yourself.’ I said no, no I’m not describing myself, I’m describing Neil Gorsuch because you have this list of people from which you want to choose and Judge Gorsuch is the person that I think most of your advisers are going to point to.
“This was early on in the process” the judge continued. “So he said, ‘alright give me a spiel as to why I should put you on.’
“Who would turn that down? I gave him the spiel, so to speak, and somebody else in the room said … the Judge is a little long in the tooth, to which the President said, ‘blank you to the person who said the judge is long in the tooth … I’m four years older than the judge and I’m about to become President.’ It was that kind of a conversation.”
Video via Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria”
“The president’s job is to enforce federal law,” Napolitano said in an op-ed last week, talking about excerpts out of the Mueller report. “If he had ordered its violation to save innocent life or preserve human freedom, he would have a moral defense. But ordering obstruction to save himself from the consequences of his own behavior is unlawful, defenseless and condemnable.”
The bond of long-term friendship between these two must be mighty strong if they are able to keep it through a back and forth like that which is going on now between them.
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