Mexican Druglord El Chapo Found Guilty on All 10 Counts


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Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been found guilty in a Brooklyn court on all ten charges against him, in a trial involving, among other things, the trafficking of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, and marijuana into the U.S. from across the border. On Fox’s Outnumbered on Tuesday, host Harris Faulkner spoke with Judge Andrew Napolitano about the verdict. “First we hear about a guilty on one count life sentence. And then we hear guilty on all ten federal counts,” said Faulkner. “Are we surprised that it’s a full guilty?” “No, I’m not surprised. Evidence of his guilt, Harris, was overwhelming,” said Napolitano. He noted that the defense argued the witnesses were themselves drug dealers and criminal lowlifes, and therefore they shouldn’t be considered credible. “Quite frankly, the government did a truly brilliant job of not only getting all these people from Mexico to come to the United States and testify Continue reading "Mexican Druglord El Chapo Found Guilty on All 10 Counts"

Fox’s Napolitano Says Bezos-Enquirer Feud Could Spell Doom For Trump: ‘Bad News For the President’


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Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano says the war between Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and the National Enquirer could hold major legal repercussions not only for those at the tabloid, but also for President Donald Trump. Napolitano joined Fox Business’ Stuart Varney on Monday to talk about Bezos’ claim that David Pecker, Enquirer publisher and CEO of American Media (AMI), is trying to extort and blackmail Bezos with a collection of sexts from his extramarital affair. Napolitano concluded that AMI’s alleged conduct “is an act of blackmail because it is an effort to prevent [Bezos] from doing what he has a right to do by the threat of exposing something.” Napolitano and Varney went on to talk about the implications of the case, especially since political observers know that Trump strongly dislikes Bezos and has been friendly with Pecker for a long time. Napolitano acknowledged this even Continue reading "Fox’s Napolitano Says Bezos-Enquirer Feud Could Spell Doom For Trump: ‘Bad News For the President’"

Brian Kilmeade: Why Doesn’t President Trump ‘Run a Private Investigation Into Adam Schiff?’


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Fox & Friends addressed investigations into President Donald Trump and brought on Fox News Chief Legal Analyst Andrew Napolitano to provide insight into the growing list of investigations into Trump, his personal business, his family, his inauguration and his administration. The pro-Trump morning show typically takes the view that these investigations are “presidential harassment,” and in this segment co-host Brian Kilmeade simply asked why President Trump doesn’t investigate Trump’s political rivals, Rep. Adam Schiff and Rep. Maxine Waters? “How did they become rich?” Earlier Thursday morning, Trump had tweeted about what he clearly sees as a “witch hunt” posting on the social media platform  that “after having found zero Russian Collusion, that he is going to be looking at every aspect of my life, both financial and personal, even though there is no reason to be doing so. Never happened before! Unlimited Presidential Harassment…” and eventually adding Dems are going “Nuts. Continue reading "Brian Kilmeade: Why Doesn’t President Trump ‘Run a Private Investigation Into Adam Schiff?’"

Napolitano: Democrats Want Northam Out So They Can Keep Tarnishing Trump as a Racist


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The way Andrew Napolitano sees it, Democrats calling for Ralph Northam‘s resignation are mostly doing so in order to maintain their argument that President Trump is racist. The Fox News chief judicial analyst joined Fox & Friends on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing firestorm surrounding the Virginia governor and his racially-charged yearbook photo. In terms of whether Democrats have any political or legal leverage to force Northam out of his job, Napolitano laid out his theory that this push from them is a calculated move to claim the racial moral high ground over Trump.
“Why do they want him out? They want to be able to tarnish Donald Trump as a racist. Because of the way the Charlotte, the comments he made after the Charlottesville murder and racial clash took place. They will lose standing to do that if the governor of Virginia still has this.”
Napolitano went Continue reading "Napolitano: Democrats Want Northam Out So They Can Keep Tarnishing Trump as a Racist"

Fox’s Napolitano Says National Emergency Unlikely to Get Trump His Wall: ‘The Law is Clear’


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Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano doesn’t think President Donald Trump declaring a national emergency will help him get funding for the United States-Mexico border wall he’d promised his voters. “I think the law is very clear and I think the President has been advised of it that if he signs an executive order declaring a national emergency and directing the military to spend money that has not been expressly appropriated for the wall or that has not been expressly appropriated for eminent domain– since much of the real estate where they want to build the wall is privately owned– I think it’s pretty clear that court will stop him from doing that,” Napolitano told Fox News’ Jon Scott, Monday morning. Napolitano said despite lacking bipartisan support and authority for funding, Trump might solicit wall funding anyway in order to relieve “political pressure” from his voters who are accusing him Continue reading "Fox’s Napolitano Says National Emergency Unlikely to Get Trump His Wall: ‘The Law is Clear’"

Napolitano Says Roger Stone Arrest Was ‘Staged’: This is ‘Kafkaesque’


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Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano said the heavy-handed early morning raid and arrest of Roger Stone was “staged” by authorities. Napolitano appeared on Fox Business Thursday morning to decry the way the longtime Trump adviser’s arrest was handled, following his op-ed declaring the show of force “an American nightmare.” After explaining how federal agents, armed with automatic weapons, stormed Stone’s home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida last week, Napolitano said “this is not to arrest a kidnapper of babies or a terrorist.” “The charge is lying to Congress,” Napolitano continued. “It’s not a violent crime, there’s no evidence that he’s going to flee, he doesn’t have a valid passport, he’s not an imminent danger to society.” “Why on earth would the government put on a show of force like that?” host Stuart Varney asked. Napolitano offered two reasons: either the government thought it could intimidate Stone Continue reading "Napolitano Says Roger Stone Arrest Was ‘Staged’: This is ‘Kafkaesque’"

Napolitano Slams FBI’s ‘Gestapo-Like Tactics’ Against Roger Stone To Scare Him Into Cooperating


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Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano took his criticisms of the FBI to the next level on Tuesday by saying they used “Gestapo-like tactics” in their handling of Roger Stone. Earlier today, Mediaite noted how Napolitano appeared on Fox & Friends and said the FBI caused an “American nightmare” for Stone by using excessive force when they placed him under arrest him last week. Stone pled “not guilty” during his arraignment today in Washington D.C., and when Napolitano reacted to the news on America’s Newsroom, he flirted with Stone’s talking points about supposedly being even more roughly treated than Osama bin Laden (who was executed by Navy SEALS in 2011).
“They’re looking to squeeze Roger Stone, that’s the reason for the Gestapo-like tactics last Friday morning at his house where they sent twice the number of people to arrest him as the Department of Defense sent Continue reading "Napolitano Slams FBI’s ‘Gestapo-Like Tactics’ Against Roger Stone To Scare Him Into Cooperating"

Napolitano Blasts FBI’s ‘Jackboots in the Morning’ Arrest of Roger Stone: ‘American Nightmare’


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Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano does not approve of the excessive force he thinks the FBI used when they arrested Roger Stone last week. Ever since he was taken into custody in the early hours of Friday, Stone has been railing against the FBI while claiming that more force was used against him than what was used in the raid against Osama Bin Laden. This would seem hyperbolic on Stone’s part since bin Laden was terminated and had his body cast into the sea when Navy SEALs brought him down in 2011. When Fox & Friends talked about the Stone raid on Tuesday, Ainsley Earhardt said Napolitano told the show producers that the FBI sent 29 agents and 17 vehicles to Stone’s house, while only 12 SEALS raided bin Laden’s compound. “This is jackboots in the morning,” Napolitano said in response. “This is an American nightmare that they Continue reading "Napolitano Blasts FBI’s ‘Jackboots in the Morning’ Arrest of Roger Stone: ‘American Nightmare’"

Fox’s Napolitano: If Roger Stone’s Serious About Playing Hardball, Mueller Report May Not Drop Until After 2020


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On Fox News on Tuesday, contributor Judge Andrew Napolitano spoke with Neil Cavuto about the fate of Robert Mueller’s investigation and that of recently arrested and indicted Trump confidante Roger Stone. The whole thing could go past the next election, said the Judge, depending on who cooperates and who doesn’t. At the same approximate time Napolitano was on Your World with Neil Cavuto, acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told reporters in a press briefing that he believes the Special Counsel’s investigation is “close to being completed,” a wrinkle about which Napolitano was not aware during his appearance in the clip above. Napolitano was sharing with Cavuto the insights he had from his own interview of Stone for his Fox Nation program, and said that Stone could be intending to play hardball. After some back and forth about the arrest and the possibility of a gag order, Cavuto Continue reading "Fox’s Napolitano: If Roger Stone’s Serious About Playing Hardball, Mueller Report May Not Drop Until After 2020"

Fox’s Napolitano Hits Pelosi For Nixing Trump’s State of the Union: ‘I Wish She Would Respect the Office’


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Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano was unequivocal. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has the right to cancel President Donald Trump‘s State of the Union address on the House floor — as she did on Wednesday. But that doesn’t mean, in his opinion, that she should. Appearing on Your World with Neil Cavuto, Napolitano hit Pelosi for canceling the address — writing it off as a political ploy. “I wish she wouldn’t [cancel],” Napolitano said. “I wish she would respect the office, whether she disagrees with the tactics employed by the current occupant.” Napolitano also took a shot at Trump for a lack of decorum. Ultimately, he concluded that — with the government shutdown on Day 33 — these tactics will only result in a prolonged dispute. “I understand her argument. I understand what [Trump is] doing. He likes to play hardball negotiations. She likes to play hardball Continue reading "Fox’s Napolitano Hits Pelosi For Nixing Trump’s State of the Union: ‘I Wish She Would Respect the Office’"

Napolitano: It’s ‘Obvious’ FBI Had an ‘Agenda’ to Make Trump ‘Stumble to Prevent Him from Entering Office’


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Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano said the FBI has been caught in a plan to undermine President Donald Trump, evidenced by the way they’ve conducted investigations against him. Napolitano joined Fox & Friends on Tuesday to talk about how FISA warrants factored into the FBI’s investigations into Trump’s 2016 campaign. As they talked about Trump’s claim that the FBI has abused constitutional standards by using FISA applications to obtain search warrants, Napolitano explained that the standards were significantly reduced from what the FBI would’ve required if they pursued a search warrant under normal circumstances.
“When the FBI can’t get the more difficult one, they get the easy one, and that has corrupted them. That has enabled them to gather evidence by unconstitutional means, that’s what they did to the president…It is obvious that there was an agenda on the part of people in the FBI to either Continue reading "Napolitano: It’s ‘Obvious’ FBI Had an ‘Agenda’ to Make Trump ‘Stumble to Prevent Him from Entering Office’"

Fox News’ Napolitano Praises Barr: ‘If the White House Thought They Were Getting a Patsy, They’re Not’


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Fox News senior legal analyst Andrew Napolitano praised AG nominee William Barr this afternoon on Fox Business Network. He brought up the exchange Barr had with Cory Booker as an encouraging and pleasantly surprising one, saying, “There were no stumbles. If the White House thought they were getting a patsy, they’re not.” He said the White House may have “relied upon” the memo Barr sent criticizing one aspect of the Mueller probe. But Napolitano noted it was explicitly “not a criticism of the existence of the office or the scope of the office.” Napolitano said he expects Barr to “sail through,” maybe with some Democratic support as well. You can watch above, via Fox Business. [image via screengrab]

Fox’s Judge Napolitano: CNN Has a ‘Very Good Case’ Against the White House For Pulling Acosta’s Credential


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CNN, earlier Tuesday, filed a lawsuit against the White House to restore access for their correspondent, Jim Acosta. And the senior judicial analyst for one of their chief rivals thinks they have a strong case. Appearing on Varney & Co., Judge Andrew Napolitano stated his belief that CNN is on solid legal ground, and that Jim Acosta will soon be back inside the gates at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. “Obviously Acosta may have been an irritant to the president, but he was hardly a danger to him,” Napolitano said. “So I think CNN’s got a very good case. I think this will be resolved quickly. I don’t expect a jury trial. I think it will either be settled or CNN will prevail on motion.” According to Napolitano, there are grounds for barring a reporter from the White House. But Acosta didn’t come close to breaking the rules that would’ve Continue reading "Fox’s Judge Napolitano: CNN Has a ‘Very Good Case’ Against the White House For Pulling Acosta’s Credential"

Napolitano Says Whitaker’s Appointment is ‘Unlawful’: DOJ is ‘Almost at the Point of the Saturday Night Massacre’


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Fox News’ senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano called the appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general “unlawful” on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning. Napolitano was on Fox News to respond to a challenge to President Donald Trump‘s appointment of Whitaker to replace Jeff Sessions as head of the Justice Department. “I think that it was an unlawful appointment,” Napolitano said. He explained that there are “two statutes that govern who can become acting attorney general.” Those two require, per Napolitano, that at the time you become AG, you have a position in the Justice Department that is (a) appointed by the president and (b) confirmed by the Senate. Whitaker, who previously served as chief of staff for Jeff Sessions, was not confirmed by the Senate nor appointed by the president for that post. Napolitano laid out how Whitaker might be out as acting attorney general as Continue reading "Napolitano Says Whitaker’s Appointment is ‘Unlawful’: DOJ is ‘Almost at the Point of the Saturday Night Massacre’"

Fox’s Andrew Napolitano: Matt Whitaker ‘Not Legally Qualified’ to Be Acting Attorney General


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Andrew Napolitano said President Donald Trump has “every right” to choose who he wants to head up the Department of Justice. But according to Fox News’ senior judicial analyst, Matt Whitaker, the president’s choice to be acting AG, is “not legally qualified” to serve in the position. Napolitano appeared on Fox & Friends Thursday to talk about how Trump picked Whitaker to serve as acting AG after Jeff Sessions resigned at his request. Napolitano said Whitaker is “absolutely” professionally qualified for the job, but that he isn’t “legally qualified” for the job. “There’s only three ways a person can become acting attorney general,” Napolitano said. He explained: 1. If you are the deputy attorney general, a position currently held by Rod Rosenstein; 2. If you work in the DOJ and have a job that requires Senate confirmation. 3. If there’s a recess appointment. Napolitano added that Trump “has every right Continue reading "Fox’s Andrew Napolitano: Matt Whitaker ‘Not Legally Qualified’ to Be Acting Attorney General"

Fox News’ Judge Napolitano Questions Trump’s Motivation in Firing Sessions: Starting to Look ‘Nefarious’


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Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano today questioned the motivation by the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions today. President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that AG chief of staff Matthew Whitaker will become the new acting AG. And he will oversee the Mueller probe, which is notable given his previously stated opinions on the Mueller probe. (Spoiler alert: not positive ones.) And Napolitano told Shepard Smith the motivation here is important:
“The president can fire an Attorney General for almost any reason, but not for an improper purpose. He cannot fire him if the purpose of the firing is to shake up the leadership of the Justice Department in order to interfere with a criminal investigation that the President wants to interfere with. Now, the person who is now running the Justice Department told CNN… the best way to take care of Mueller is to dry up his Continue reading "Fox News’ Judge Napolitano Questions Trump’s Motivation in Firing Sessions: Starting to Look ‘Nefarious’"

Fox’s Napolitano on 14th Amendment: ‘Everybody Born Here is a Citizen, So Says the Constitution’


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Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano countered Donald Trump on Wednesday as the president doubles down on his proposal for an executive order to abolish birthright citizenship for the children of non-American citizens. The judge was the #OneLuckyGuy on Wednesday’s Outnumbered panel, and he started by discarding the idea that there’s a legal dispute about the 14th Amendment’s nature of granting birthright citizenship. “This has not been a serious debate other than in academic circles,” said Napolitano. “The 14th Amendment has been in the Constitution for 150 years. For 150 years, without exception, it has been consistently interpreted to mean whoever is born here is an American citizen.” While Napolitano acknowledged the debate over the “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” portion of the 14th Amendment, he explained that that phrasing was meant for diplomats and foreign politicians who aren’t subject to the jurisdiction of American law. This is Continue reading "Fox’s Napolitano on 14th Amendment: ‘Everybody Born Here is a Citizen, So Says the Constitution’"

Fox’s Judge Napolitano: If NYT China Report True, Trump May Have Done What He Criticized Hillary Clinton Over


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On Wednesday, Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in the New York Times bombshell reporting that China has been listening in on President Donald Trump‘s phone calls by pointing out if the New York Times’ report is true, the President could be guilty of the same crime that he has pointed fingers at Hillary Clinton for committing. After being asked what the implication of the Times’ report, Judge Napolitano said this on Fox Business: “The implication of this I am sorry to say is the same implication that the president used as a battering ram against Mrs. Clinton when he ran against her. And that is the failure to safeguard state secrets, which is called espionage. Is President Trump guilty of the same crimes for which he alleged Mrs. Clinton was guilty?” Host Elizabeth MacDonald then noted, “We don’t know that yet.” The judge then admitted that was true Continue reading "Fox’s Judge Napolitano: If NYT China Report True, Trump May Have Done What He Criticized Hillary Clinton Over"

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


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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’


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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’"