Fox’s Napolitano: Trump’s Ukraine Call Manifests Criminal, Impeachable Behavior
The behavior President Donald Trump has admitted to in his dealings with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky is “much more grave than anything alleged or unearthed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and much of what Mueller revealed was impeachable,” Fox News analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano wrote on Thursday.
“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,” the judicial analyst said.
And Trump’s June 25 phone call with Zelensky — revealed in an intelligence community whistleblower complaint last week — meets this standard, Napolitano insisted.
By publicly releasing the rough transcript of his call with Ukraine’s president, Trump has admitted to its accuracy — and in so doing, the judge said, admitted to an impeachable offense.
During the phone call, Trump pressed “Zelensky for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, who at this writing is Trump's likely Democratic opponent in the 2020 presidential election.”
Further, the president “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,” which Napolitano noted “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.”
And it doesn’t end there, the judge said. Since the whistleblower complaint was made public, Trump has issued threats to his safety: “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.”
It is clear that the president sought to put his own personal political interest above that of the country and continues to insist it was okay for him to do.
The authors of the Constitution provided a clear path forward in situations such as this, Napolitano said: impeachment.