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Napolitano: Gordon Sondland Is The John Dean Of Impeachment Inquiry, "Devastating" For Trump


FOX News' Andrew Napolitano reacts to United States Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland's morning testimony to the House Intelligence Committee's impeachment inquiry hearing.

FOX NEWS ANCHOR: Are there specific articles of impeachment that might be drawn up as result of the ambassador's testimony this morning, and if so what might they be?

JUDGE NAPOLITANO: I think that the article of impeachment that would be drawn up this morning is, the word that Mrs. Pelosi used the other day, which is listed in the constitution as a basis for impeachment and that is bribery. That is the president wanting something of value for himself in return for initially a meeting with Zelensky and eventually the financial aid.

ANCHOR: Can I ask you about the difference between those two for a moment? Because on the meeting the ambassador was asked if there was a quid pro quo.

NAPOLITANO: And he says yes.

ANCHOR: He said, "As I testified as regard to the request and the White House call and meeting, the answer is yes." With regard to the aid, $400 million in aid being withdrawn. He was asked about that towards the end of his questioning by the Democrats this morning. Since he never heard directly from the president on that issue with that being a quid-pro-quo. So the Republicans are coming out and saying, there, there is our defense to this. What do you say?

NAPOLITANO: That he learned subsequently the reason that the aid was held up... He drew the conclusion and he drew it from listen to Rudy. The president was very shrewdly using a lawyer so he could argue his communications with the lawyer are protected. They're not in an impeachment inquiry, but they are elsewhere...

The case today makes Gordon Sondland the John Dean of this testimony. He directly connects it to the president, through the vice president, through Secretary Pompeo, through Rudy Giuliani, and even more inexplicably, we learned the president wasn’t interested in an investigation, he was interested only in the announcement.

The president wanted to be able to say politically, 'A-ha, a foreign government is investigating Joe Biden!' Whether the investigation was going to happen or not, he wanted to be able to say it... this is devastating to the president.

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