Fox News legal analyst hits back after Trump’s attacks: 'classic obstruction’

Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano isn’t backing down from his damning assessment of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report despite attacks from President Donald Trump

Last week, Napolitano said the report exposed a pattern of obstruction by the president that was “unlawful, defenseless and condemnable.”

Trump responded on Twitter by calling Napolitano “dumb” and claiming he had asked for a Supreme Court nomination for himself and a pardon for a friend. 

But Napolitano didn’t back down. On Monday evening, he told Martha MacCallum on Fox News that Mueller’s report detailed how Trump had asked White House counsel Don McGahn to lie to investigators. He called that “classic obstruction” even though McGahn ultimately didn’t do so.

The law, Napolitano said, prohibits “attempted interference” as well as actual interference.  

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 6: Andrew Napolitano, senior judicial analyst for the Fox News Channel, testifies during a Federal Spending Oversight And Emergency Management Subcommittee hearing June 6, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Members of both parties raised questions about a lack of Congressional oversight of military deployments overseas. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 6: Andrew Napolitano, senior judicial analyst for the Fox News Channel, testifies during a Federal Spending Oversight And Emergency Management Subcommittee hearing June 6, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Members of both parties raised questions about a lack of Congressional oversight of military deployments overseas. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 6: Andrew Napolitano, senior judicial analyst for the Fox News Channel, testifies during a Federal Spending Oversight And Emergency Management Subcommittee hearing June 6, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Members of both parties raised questions about a lack of Congressional oversight of military deployments overseas. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Arthur Aidala, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Joe Piscopo and Geraldo Rivera attend Sean Hannity & Friends celebrate the publication of 'The Geraldo Show: A Memoir' by Geraldo Rivera at Del Frisco's on April 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Andrew Napolitano, senior judicial analyst for Fox News Channel, arrives in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said he'll leave office Jan. 20 as Donald Trump is sworn in as U.S. president, as the agency passes into the hands of Republicans hostile to regulations passed by Democrats including the net-neutrality rule. Photographer: Albin Lohr-Jones/Pool via Bloomberg
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Former New Jersey Superior Court Judge and now a Fox News legal and political analyst Andrew Napolitano speaks to the We Texans rival political party in Dallas. The group was shut out from the Republican Convention in Dallas over the weekend and met at another local hotel. (Photo by Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Earlier in the day, Napolitano told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo that the pardon incident Trump tweeted about was for a mutual friend, and was brought up by Trump. He also denied seeking a Supreme Court seat, saying that while he was pitching Neil Gorsuch ― who was eventually picked ― Trump also asked him to pitch himself. 

However, in 2017, Politico reported that Napolitano had boasted to friends about being on the short list for a Supreme Court seat. At around the same time, Napolitano claimed ― without evidence ― that British spies had wiretapped Trump during the campaign for then-President Barack Obama. 

Fox News suspended Napolitano for making that claim.

On Monday, Napolitano told Bartiromo that Trump’s attack on him was “brilliant” because the president wanted to divert attention from the Mueller report. 

“His relationship with me is not the story,” Napolitano told Bartiromo. “We’ve been friends for 30 years and probably will be for the next 30 years.”

That long relationship didn’t stop Napolitano from sharing a story on Twitter warning that his old friend could lose key states to former Vice President Joe Biden in next year’s election:

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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