Andrew Napolitano, the senior legal analyst at Fox News, said minutes after Special Counsel Robert Mueller spoke Wednesday morning that it’s clear Mueller did indeed find evidence of crimes committed by President Donald Trump and the only reason he didn’t indict the president was because it was against Department of Justice policy.
Appearing on Fox Business, Napolitano told host Stuart Varney:
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“Effectively what Bob Mueller said is we had evidence that he committed a crime but we couldn’t charge him because he’s the president of the United States. This is even stronger than the language in his report. This is also a parting shot at his soon-to-be former boss, the attorney general, because this statement is 180 degrees from the four-page statement that Bill Barr issued at the time he first saw the report.”
Desperate to try and minimize the impact of Mueller’s remarks, Varney asked:
“Is it that bad?”
The former judge replied:
“I think so. Basically he’s saying the president can’t be indicted, otherwise we would have indicted him and we’re not going to charge him with a crime because there’s no forum in which for him to refute the charges, but we could not say that he didn’t commit a crime, fill in the blank, because we believe he did.”
Near the end of the segment, Napolitano added that the evidence Mueller presented was “remarkably similar” to that which was used against both Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton when it comes to obstruction of justice.
Nixon, you may recall, resigned before he was impeached. Clinton was impeached by acquitted by the Senate. It remains to be see what Trump’s fate will be.
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