Fox News’ Shepard Smith Defends Andrew Napolitano After Guest’s ‘Repugnant’ On-Air Attack

Former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova appeared on the network Tuesday night and called Napolitano “a fool”

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith hit back at Former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova after he appeared on Fox Tuesday night and called Judge Andrew Napolitano “a fool.”

“Last night on this network during primetime opinion programming, a partisan guest who supports President Trump was asked about Judge Napolitano’s legal assessment, and when he was asked, he said unchallenged, ‘Judge Napolitano is a fool.’ Attacking our colleague who is here to offer legal assessments on our air in our work home is repugnant,” Smith said on his afternoon show Wednesday.

On Smith’s show Tuesday, Napolitano, Fox’s Senior Judicial Analyst, said it is a crime for a president to solicit aid for his campaign from a foreign government during a discussion of President Donald Trump’s communication with the Ukrainian president.

Napolitano made his initial remarks as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi geared up to announce an impeachment inquiry into Trump. The decision to begin the inquiry came in light of a whistleblower complaint that the president sought to use foreign power from Ukraine during a phone call for his own political gain. During the call with Ukraine’s president, Trump reportedly pressured Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the son of former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

A Fox News representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.