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FNC's Napolitano: "Overwhelming" Evidence Of "Three Or Four Articles" Of Impeachment Against President Trump

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"The Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have unearthed enough evidence, in my opinion, to justify about three or four articles of impeachment against the president," Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Andrew Napolitano told "Reason Magazine" editor Nick Gillespie in a wide-ranging podcast interview.

ANDREW NAPOLITANO: The Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have unearthed enough evidence, in my opinion, to justify about three or four articles of impeachment against the president.

We have to start this conversation by underscoring this discussion by saying impeachment is not legal, it is political. Its only Constitutional basis is treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. One of their counts is probably bribery, which I'll explain in a minute...

The Constitution says the House of Representatives has the sole power of impeachment and another phrase in the Constitution which says each House shall write its own rules, which means those rules don't even have t be fair, as long as they generate the support of the majority. The rules under which the current House is operating were written in 2015, when the Speaker was John Boehner and the majority were Republicans...

Congressman Schiff, whether you like him or not, agree with him or not, is following rules the Republicans authored four years ago...

One [count] is bribery. The allegation is the technical definition is the failure to perform an official duty until a thing of value comes your way. They will argue the president's failure to disperse funds that Congress ordered be dispersed until the recipient of the funds agrees to investigate a potential political opponent.

I don't think that is enough to convict [the president] of bribery, but it's enough to allege it for the purpose of impeachment but it is enough to allege it.

The second charge will be high crimes and misdemeanors, election law violations. The third crime will be obstruction of justice. The fourth will be interference with a witness and the fifth may be lying under oath...

The evidence of his impeachable behavior at this point, in my view, is overwhelming...

No American president in the post–Woodrow Wilson era has stayed within the confines of the Constitution...

And each president has more authority than his predecessors, for the simple reason that Democratic Congresses give power to Democratic presidents and Republican Congresses give power to Republican presidents. 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...

The decline of certain types of cultural gatekeepers that said no [to] certain lifestyles obviously is liberating. But the same technology which lets me put the works of Thomas Aquinas in my pocket also lets the government follow me wherever I go and record whatever conversation I have with Gillespie or whoever I'm talking to, the Constitution be damned."



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