Napolitano Denies Trump’s Allegations in On-Air Response: This is How You Treat a Friend!?
Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano accused President Donald Trump of mischaracterizing their conversations when the president took a torch to him over the weekend.
On Saturday, Trump attacked the “dumb legal argument” from Napolitano, accusing the Fox analyst of requesting a Supreme Court appointment and asking for a “pardon for his friend.” The tweets were a retaliation to Napolitano’s commentary on how Robert Mueller‘s report revealed “unlawful, defenseless and condemnable” actions from Trump that amounted to obstruction of justice.
When Maria Bartiromo asked Napolitano about this on Fox Business, he replied: “This is the way you treat your friends? How do you treat your enemies?”
Napolitano said the tweets regarded his conversations with Trump when the latter was president-elect and trying to figure out who should take Antonin Scalia‘s place on the Supreme Court. Napolitano said that when he described how Neil Gorsuch had the judicial qualities Trump was looking for, the president-elect supposedly turned to him and said: “sounds like you’re describing yourself.”
“I said ‘no, no, I’m not describing myself,'” Napolitano recalled. “‘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.'”
That’s when, according to Napolitano, Trump asked him to give him “the spiel as to why I should put you on” the Supreme Court.
“I gave him the spiel so to speak,” Napolitano explained, which prompted Trump to utter an expletive aimed at another person in the room. “It was that kind of a conversation.”
In response to the “pardon” allegation, Napolitano said Trump once asked for his opinion about the conviction of a “mutual friend” of theirs. Napolitano said he thought that the conviction was unjust, to which, Trump offered “a very strong term” to express his disagreement.
“He said ‘You know this person as well as I do. Call this person up and tell this person he’s going to be on the list of pardons that I will seriously consider.’ That was the extent of that conversation,” Napolitano said.
He concluded by saying Trump’s comments were a “brilliant” way to divert attention from the Mueller report.
Watch above, via Fox Business.
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