Fox News Legal Analyst: There Is Ample Evidence To Remove Trump From Office
Judge Andrew Napolitano, one of the most prominent legal analysts for Fox News, argued that there is “ample” evidence that President Donald Trump should be removed from office, according to Business Insider.
Napolitano published an op-ed Thursday as the Senate entered day two of opening arguments in Trump’s Senate trial following his impeachment by the House of Representatives last month.
Trump was charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, both relating to his pressure campaign against Ukraine, which sought the foreign investigation of his political rivals while withholding military aid and a White House meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Trump baselessly accused former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, of corruption related to Hunter’s work for Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural-gas company that was previously investigated by the Ukrainian prosecutor general.
The Government Accountability Office, a federal watchdog, determined that Trump’s Office of Management and Budget violated the law when, at Trump’s direction, it ordered a freeze on nearly $400 million of military aid to Ukraine.
Napolitano wrote that while the GAO found that Trump had acted unlawfully, the question of whether he acted criminally is still up in the air. However, he wrote, conduct need not be a federal crime to be impeachable.
“For example, as others have suggested, if the president moved to Russia and ran the executive branch from there, or if he announced that Roman Catholics were unfit for office, he would not have committed any crimes,” Napolitano wrote.
“Yet, surely, these acts would be impeachable because, when done by the president, they are the moral equivalent of crimes and are so far removed from constitutional norms as to be impeachable.”
Although the House did not accuse the president of specific crimes, Napolitano said “there is enough evidence here to do so.”
Specifically, federal law bars soliciting foreign interference in U.S. politics, which can include seeking an item “of value” from a foreign government.
“The case for this is stronger now than it was when the House impeached him last year. Since then, more evidence, which Trump tried to suppress, has come to light,” Napolitano wrote.
He added that the timeline of events “implicates” two other potential crimes: bribery and contempt of Congress.
“What is required for removal of a president? A demonstration of presidential commission of high crimes and misdemeanors, of which in Trump’s case the evidence is ample and uncontradicted,” Napolitano concluded.