Andrew Napolitano, a Fox News legal analyst, said on Monday that the allegation that President Trump pressured the Ukrainian leader to investigate Former Vice President Joe Biden’s son could be the most “serious charge he’s faced” since entering office.
“I think this is the most serious charge against the president, far more serious than what Bob Mueller dug or dragged up against him, if there was a quid pro quo,” Napolitano said on Fox Business Network. He was alluding to the report the former special counsel prepared on Russian election interference and accusations that Trump obstructed justice.
The comments came as the president faces increased scrutiny regarding reports that he pushed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July phone call to investigate Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, over allegations of corruption.
The call between to two leaders occurred around the same time the Trump administration decided to delay $250 million in military aid to Ukraine. This has raised speculation from some as to whether the talks were apart of a quid pro quo effort. Trump released the aid earlier this month after lawmakers raised concerns about the delay.
Trump denied making mention of military aid during his discussions with Zelensky, telling reporters at the United Nations General Assembly that he “did not make a statement that you have to do this or I’m not going to give you aid.”
“I wouldn’t do that. With that being said, what I want is I want — you know, we’re giving a lot of money away to Ukraine and other places. You want to see a country that’s going to be not corrupt,” Trump said.
Napolitano challenged Trump’s argument, saying that “if you are the president of the United States and making a conversation that you know your intelligence community is listening to, of course you’re not going to articulate a quid pro quo.”
“You’ll just make the quid pro quo happen,” he said.
Napolitano later argued that the controversy was problematic for Biden’s presidential prospects as well. He said that it “ought to be the end of his dream for the presidency.” But he added that it didn’t “diminish one iota what the current president is doing.”
“If true, we haven’t seen the whistleblower complaint, and, under the law it has to be revealed — if true, this is an act of corruption,” he said.
Credit: The Hill