Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano kept up his relentless criticism of President Trump this week — calling the president’s behavior as described in the Mueller Report “immoral,” “criminal,” “defenseless” and “condemnable.”
“Prosecutors prosecute people who interfere with government functions and that’s what the president did by obstruction, where is this going to end? I don’t know, but I am disappointed in the behavior of the president,” Napolitano said during a monologue of his Fox News digital show “Judge Napolitano’s Chambers.”
“If he had ordered his aides to violate federal law to save a human life or to preserve human freedom, he would at least have a moral defense to his behavior,” he added. “But ordering them to break federal law to save him from the consequences of his own behavior, that is immoral, that is criminal, that is defenseless, that is condemnable.”
Napolitano also listed multiples instances of Trump’s behavior documented in the Mueller Report, which he said rose to the level of obstruction, and said Attorney General William Barr’s views on the issue were out of step with “the obstruction statute” as well as “law enforcement.”
You can watch the full video from “Judge Napolitano’s Chambers” here.
The criticism from the longtime Fox News stalwart is the latest in his gradual evolution into one of the network’s most ferocious critics of the president. During a different monologue of the same show last week, Napolitano said what he saw in the report was enough to “prosecute” Trump.
“Depending on how you look at them, there might be enough to prosecute, but the attorney general has decided it’s not enough to prosecute,” Napolitano said. “But it did show a venal, amoral, deceptive Donald Trump, instructing his aides to lie and willing to help them do so. That’s not good in the president of the United States.”
During the final months of the investigation, Napolitano told Shepard Smith that it was possible Trump might have already been served an indictment but that it was under seal until he left the White House — the final release of the Mueller report squelched that hope.
The increasingly frequent and relentless criticism from Napolitano is a stark departure for the judge, who was known to be a Trump favorite at the start of his presidency. Throughout 2018, Trump frequently quoted the judge’s analysis verbatim on Twitter. In 2017, there were even rumors that Napolitano would be tapped for a Supreme Court seat.