Judge Napolitano Scolds Trump for Calling Kavanaugh Allegations a ‘Hoax’: Court Needs ‘Intellectual Legitimacy’

Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano scolded President Donald Trump on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning for calling the sexual misconduct allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh a “hoax” manufactured by “evil” people. “I honestly wish that the president and his people would get past that,” Napolitano said of Trump’s comments, made at a rally over the weekend. “The Supreme Court does not have an army to enforce its rulings,” Napolitano continued. “Its rulings depend on the intellectual legitimacy of the manner in which the rulings are given, from whom they are given. They really have some work to do to patch up the divisions that exist in the public mind. These divisions don’t exist in reality in the court. Justice Kavanaugh is right. It’s not conservatives on one side and liberals on another.” (With the midterms coming up, it’s unlikely the president is going to stop beating the hoax Continue reading "Judge Napolitano Scolds Trump for Calling Kavanaugh Allegations a ‘Hoax’: Court Needs ‘Intellectual Legitimacy’"

Napolitano Disappointed FBI Didn’t Interview Kavanaugh or Ford: Provides ‘More Ammunition, More Doubt’

In the desert of partisan cable news talking points, there are the occasional oases of unpredictable assessment, especially during the embattled confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. One consistent source of nondoctrinaire analyses is Judge Andrew Napolitano who has “called it like he sees it” and occasionally flouting the right-of-center disposition of the Fox News opinion programs on which he often appears. Appearing on one of President Donald Trump’s favorite shows Fox & Friends (because of their consistent support of all things Trump administration), Napolitano expressed disappointment that the renewed investigation of sexual assault allegations put forth by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford against Kavanaugh. In the former judge’s view, the lack of further proving into the specifics of these allegations only add more ammunition and doubt to those who don’t want to see Kavanaugh confirmed. While not the most daring position to take, that analysis is remarkable in the Continue reading "Napolitano Disappointed FBI Didn’t Interview Kavanaugh or Ford: Provides ‘More Ammunition, More Doubt’"

Judge Nap Challenges GOP’s Outside Counsel Report: ‘It’s Not a Courtroom, It’s Politics’

The frequency of Judge Andrew Napolitano’s appearances on Fox News seems to have risen significantly with the increased coverage of embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. And credit where due for the former judge turned TV analyst for consistently providing independent legal analysis that often flouts the Republican talking points one comes to expect from Fox News right-of-center opinionators. The latest example comes when Napolitano joined the cast of Fox & Friends to discuss the recent report put forth by GOP’s outside counsel Rachel Miller, who prosecuted Dr. Christine Ford’s testimony during last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings addressing her allegations of sexual assault by Kavanaugh over 30 years ago. Miller recently submitted a report on Ford’s testimony that conservative media has efforted to amplify as much as possible because, from a Republican point of view, she ostensibly exonerates Kavanaugh from the charges. The memo (that went public yesterday) argued that a Continue reading "Judge Nap Challenges GOP’s Outside Counsel Report: ‘It’s Not a Courtroom, It’s Politics’"

Judge Napolitano: ‘Highly Perilous’ for Kavanaugh If Evidence of His Drinking Habits Comes Out

Judge Andrew Napolitano appeared with Bill Hemmer this morning to address the imperiled Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. At issue in this discussion are past drinking habits and potential youthful indiscretions that have launched a renewed FBI investigation to Kavanaugh’s past. Amidst a remarkably intense day of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week by Dr. Christine Ford and the man she has alleged to have sexually assaulted her, Kavanaugh’s drinking habits from his time in High School and College. Senator Amy Klobuchar plainly asked him if he had ever blacked out from drinking too much, which he flatly denied. But numerous former college friends and associates of Kavanaugh have since come out and claimed that Kavanaugh wasn’t being honest, and some have suggested that he may have even perjured himself under oath, which critics see as being disqualifying for sitting on the highest court. In Napolitano’s view, Continue reading "Judge Napolitano: ‘Highly Perilous’ for Kavanaugh If Evidence of His Drinking Habits Comes Out"

Fox’s Napolitano: Hearings a ‘Wash’ on Credibility, But Kavanaugh ‘Dug Himself Out of the Hole’

Judge Andrew Napolitano has said many times on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network in the last week that the hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee would come down to who seemed more credible: Brett Kavanaugh or Christine Ford. He repeated it today as the hearings were ongoing, and at the end, he told Bret Baier, it was a “wash” on that point. “I had characterized the position of the nomination as very perilous at three this afternoon, and as Judge Kavanaugh being at the bottom of the hole,” he said. “He has dug himself out of the hole, he came back swinging about as effectively as any human could.” “If you are looking for an excuse or reason to vote for him, you have it,” said the Judge. “If you are looking for an excuse to vote against him, you have it, because Dr. Ford was Continue reading "Fox’s Napolitano: Hearings a ‘Wash’ on Credibility, But Kavanaugh ‘Dug Himself Out of the Hole’"

Fox Business’ Stuart Varney: Christine Ford is ‘Undermining the Integrity of the Court’

During the first break of the Christine FordBrett Kavanaugh hearing, Fox Business’ Stuart Varney questioned why prosecutor Rachel Mitchell was there in the first place.
“Why is it that when someone is perhaps in the process of ruining the career of a reputation of a man nominated to the Supreme Court––why is it that someone who is, in many ways, undermining the integrity of the court and the nominee, why can’t that person be questioned vigorously? Why do we have to step back and with absolute maximum caution have her interviewed by another woman?”
“I think it’s because of the times in which we live,” Judge Andrew Napolitano answered, bringing up the infamous Anita Hill hearing. He said the Republicans likely doubt “even a successful cross-examination by any one of the eleven white male Republicans on Dr. Ford would cause blowback to the political career of whoever Continue reading "Fox Business’ Stuart Varney: Christine Ford is ‘Undermining the Integrity of the Court’"

Fox News’ Judge Napolitano: Even If Trump Decides to Fire Rosenstein, It Wouldn’t Change Mueller Probe

Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in on the rapidly changing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein story during Outnumbered on Fox News today, and in a quick few minutes offered analysis on nearly every aspect. He said that President Donald Trump should not get rid of Rosenstein, that Rosenstein could be a chief witness against Trump in any obstruction case, that a replacement would not change Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s Russia probe, unless that replacement were ordered by Trump to fire Mueller .. which could also be demanded of Rosenstein. Napolitano also pointed out that Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell has already indicated that Trump making waves on this would hurt Republican chances in the midterms, and affect the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, especially in the wake of allegations by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and others. “If the president fires Rosenstein, he’ll be disregarding the advice of many Continue reading "Fox News’ Judge Napolitano: Even If Trump Decides to Fire Rosenstein, It Wouldn’t Change Mueller Probe"