The impeachment inquiry against Trump isn’t going to work, but it is forcing closeted RINOs to come out and show their true colors!
One of these RINOs that can join the party with folks like Mitt Romney, Phil Scott, and Charlie Baker is Judge Andrew Napolitano over at Fox News – a media source that is rapidly becoming just as left-wing biased as the rest of the mainstream media, by the way.
The judge just blasted President Trump in a hit piece masking as “legal analysis” in his column for the news network.
In his column, Judge Napalitano – who has had a twisted history with the president, which we’ll get to later – called his Ukraine call “criminal” and “impeachable.”
According to Napolitano,
“…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.”
Take a look at the news of Judge Nap’s recently published “analysis” of the behavior Dems are trying to get impeached over:
Deplorables who are standing by Trump's side have called out Judge Nap's wacky, inaccurate "analysis" of the Ukraine call - of which the transcript has been released to the public to make their own call.
Check out these reply tweets to Napolitano:
It's notable that Napolitano had previously been suspended by Fox for standing up for Trump at one point.
Now, he's done a suspicious 180 turn against him!
Fox News has just about joined the ranks of Fake News networks like CNN at this point.
Check out this hilarious political satire cartoon that was published just in time for Judge Nap's "analysis" of Trump's so-called "impeachable" phone call with the Ukrainian president:
Here's what Judge Napolitano had to say about Trump's "impeachable" offenses in his column on Fox News:
The House of Representatives has begun to gather evidence in an effort to determine if President Trump has committed impeachable offenses. The Constitution defines an impeachable offense as "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."
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.
Has Trump committed any impeachable offenses?
A CIA agent formerly assigned to the White House – and presently referred to as the "whistleblower" – reported a July 25, 2019 telephone conversation that Trump had with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky. That conversation manifested both criminal and impeachable behavior.
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.
What has Trump admitted?
The whistleblower’s revelation caused the White House to release a near-verbatim summary of the conversation between the two presidents. By releasing it, Trump has admitted to its accuracy. In it, Trump asked Zelensky for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, who at this writing is Trump's likely Democratic opponent in the 2020 presidential election.
Trump also admits to holding up $391 million in aid to Ukraine – $250 million in the purchase of already approved and built military hardware and $141 million in a congressionally authorized grant. This is aid that Trump's own secretaries of state and defense, his own director of national intelligence and director of the CIA, and his own National Security Council unanimously asked him to release.
Trump has also admitted to accusing the as-yet publicly unnamed whistleblower of treason, 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.
The president’s allusions to violence are palpably dangerous. They will give cover to crazies who crave violence, as other intemperate words of his have done. His words have already produced offers of "bounties" in return for outing and finding the whistleblower.
Trump also suggested that his impeachment would produce a second American Civil War. This language is a dog whistle to the deranged.
Arizona Central had the following to say about Napolitano's suggestion that Trump deserves to be impeached, along with some background:
Fox News' senior judicial analyst, Andrew Napolitano, said Thursday that the summary released by the White House of a July 25 phone callbetween 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.
"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 complaintaccused 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.
As for Judge Nap's journey towards Never-Trumpism, Wayne Dupree summed it up nicely:
Conservatives have noticed that there’s something very wrong over at Fox News.
The once “fair and balanced” conservative-minded network has been taking a very hard left turn.
Rumor has it that one reason for the left-turn is thanks to notorious globalist and Trump-hater Paul Ryan, who now sits on the board at Fox Corp. A recent report claims that Ryan is pushing Fox News to make a “break” with President Trump.
People we once looked to for commonsense guidance and a fair assessment of issues based on facts, are now hyper-emotional looney tunes, spreading CNN-esque hyperbole based on their feelings and their globalist (anti-Trump) agenda.
One of those people is the once well-respected Judge Andrew Napolitano.
I am old enough to remember when the judge was the “voice of reason,” and a calming sense of rationale during the fake news sh*t-storms.
Now, sadly, Judge Nap is the fake news sh*t-storm.
During the 2016 election, Judge Nap was definitely a “Cruz guy,” and he went after President Trump often. However, after the election, Judge Nap seemed to slowly warm up to President Trump and was back to delivering his usual commonsense, fact-based commentary on issues.
But then something changed.
It was as if Judge Nap went from being “fair and balanced” to being a stand-in on the Rachel Maddow show.
So what happened?
Well, a lot, apparently.
It sounds as if Judge Nap is holding a very large, very deep and seething grudge against President Trump – possibly for passing him up for the SCOTUS…at least that’s what a 2017 report from Politico suggests.
Judge Andrew Napolitano may be temporarily sidelined at Fox News, but he’s been telling friends and associates that he could be in for a big promotion — to the Supreme Court.
After meeting with President Trump twice during the transition, first in December and again in mid-January, the Newark, N.J.-born television personality told several people that Trump said he was on the list of judges from whom he was selecting a nominee for the high court.
“He said, ‘Trump said I’m on the list,’” said a source who spoke with Napolitano shortly after one of his meetings with the then president-elect. “He’s been saying that since the transition.”
Friends warned Napolitano not to take the president too literally – or seriously. “He’ll take your call and invite you to the Oval Office, but he just wants you to say nice things about him on TV,” the source says he told Napolitano at the time. But that didn’t sink the ambitious judge’s hopes. [Politico]
You’ll recall, Judge Nap was actually “fired” from Fox News after he stuck up for Trump and called out the British foreign surveillance agency, and the Government Communications Headquarters for “most likely” providing Obama with transcripts of Trump’s recorded calls. “By bypassing all American intelligence services, Obama would have had access to what he wanted with no Obama administration fingerprints,” Napolitano wrote in a column on the Fox News website.
Fox eventually rehired Judge Nap, when the claim he made about British intelligence and Obama turned out to be true.
But here we are today, and Judge Nap is on a downward spiral of Trump-hate and fake news – he’s siding with Democrats, like Adam Schiff, and to make matters even worse, Nap has partnered up with that other hysterical Fox News diva, Shep Smith to bash Trump.