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Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News' senior judicial analyst, said on The Reason Interview with Nick Gillespie that he believes the House Intelligence Committee unearthed evidence to justify "about three or four" articles of impeachment against President Trump.
He hasn't presented a defense and I don't know if he plans to. The evidence of his impeachable behavior at this point, in my view, is overwhelming.— Andrew Napolitano
The big picture: Napolitano said House Democrats have evidence to impeach the president for bribery, election law violation, obstruction of justice and witness interference. He added that they may also have evidence that Trump lied under oath in written answers to former special counsel Robert Mueller about his conversations with Roger Stone regarding WikiLeaks.
Yes, but: Though he believes there are grounds for impeachment, Napolitano said it is unlikely that the Senate Republicans will remove Trump from office. He said the evidence of bribery is strong enough for impeachment but not enough to convict the president in a court of law.
- And though he believes the Mueller report found that Trump obstructed justice, Napolitano said an American president violating the law is the norm rather than the exception.
- "No American president in the post–Woodrow Wilson era has stayed within the confines of the Constitution," Napolitano said on the podcast. "That power stays in the presidency. So Donald Trump actually has more authority than Barack Obama did, who had more authority than George W. Bush did, etc."