Fox News’ Napolitano on Explosive Report of Trump-Whitaker Call: Would Clearly Be ‘An Attempt to Obstruct Justice’
Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano said today if the latest New York Times report on President Donald Trump‘s call with former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is true, it’s evidence of “corrupt intent” and “clearly an attempt to obstruct justice” from the president.
To recap: the Times reported that Trump spoke to Whitaker a few months ago about whether US Attorney Geoffrey Berman could oversee the SDNY Michael Cohen investigation despite his recusal. The report notes Whitaker “knew he could not put Mr. Berman in charge” and Trump ultimately “soured” on him in the end.
Napolitano noted to Shepard Smith that Whitaker could be in some trouble if this report his true, given his recent congressional testimony.
But, he continued, it’s really bad news for Trump:
SMITH: This phone call––if the Times reporting is accurate… the phone call would be evidence of what?
NAPOLITANO: Corrupt intent. That is an effort to use the levers of power of the government for a corrupt purpose, to deflect an investigation into himself or his allies.
When Smith brought up the question of obstruction, Napolitano it would only be actual obstruction if it succeeded, “but if you try to interfere with a criminal prosecution that may knock at your own door by putting your ally in there, that is clearly an attempt to obstruct justice.”
He also expressed some amazement at the part of the report concerning Trump “using his allies in the Congress to interfere with an ongoing criminal investigation.”
“This breaks new ground,” he said.
You can watch above, via Fox News.
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