Fox’s Judge Nap Shreds GOP Talking Point: Trump Denied the Quid Pro Quo After He Was Accused of It
Fox News Judicial Analyst Andrew Napolitano told crestfallen hosts on Fox & Friends on Thursday that Democrats still had a case against President Donald Trump. Napolitano has been consisted in his criticism of Trump’s actions on Ukraine and explained away Republicans’ favorite new talking point.
The Fox hosts pointed to EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s testimony about Trump telling him he wanted nothing from Ukraine. However, this came after the whistleblower’s complaint was filed, as Napolitano reminded them.
“I think the Democrats do still have a case,” Napolitano said. “One would expect the President in September, after the whistleblower’s allegations came out, after the President was accused of a quid pro quo, to say no quid pro quo. Here we go with the Latin again. But it is clear from what Ambassador Sondland testified yesterday that there was an understanding that the President wanted some things from the Ukrainians.”
“But Judge, he said he presumed,” co-host Steve Doocy said. Napolitano was clearly unimpressed, even uncomfortable.
“There’ a lot of evidence on which you can base the presumption,” he said.
“He didn’t hear the President say it. He said I presume,” Doocy pushed.
“Correct. Correct. But he also said Mike Pompeo knew it,” Napolitano said. “Rick Perry knew it, Mick Mulvaney knew it. When allegations like that are made, and the committee subpoenas those people, and they don’t show, for whatever reason, the committee can infer that their testimony would be consistent with the Ambassador’s.”
He went on to explain how Sondland is not a ‘Never Trumper’, undermining his own network’s attacks.
“So the Ambassador is not a Never Trumper. He is not a Democrat. He’s not somebody wanting to disrupt,” he said.
“This the guy has given a million dollars to the Republican Party and the most important Trump nominated ambassador in Europe. And he’s saying this is what happened. The President wanted an announcement about Burisma he didn’t care if there was an investigation. He just wanted the announcement so he could use it. And we know that the money was held up for 55 days. The President didn’t tell me that because the president doesn’t say those things.”
“Last night we learned from a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense that the Ukrainians began asking what’s the holdup the day of the day of the conversation with President Zelensky,” Napolitano went on. “That’s an entirely different narrative than the one the President’s people have been giving us for the past few months.”
Watch the video above, via Fox News.