What President Donald Trump is accused of doing by Democrats is a violation of federal law and could result in his impeachment, Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano said.
In a video posted Wednesday, Napolitano argued that during a July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Trump broke the law by asking for a favor that would benefit his 2020 campaign in exchange for giving Ukraine U.S. military aid to combat Russian aggression.
"The president holds all this [U.S. aid] up, even though his secretary of defense, his secretary of state, his director of national intelligence, his director of the CIA, and every member of his National Security Council said, give them the aid, the Russian tanks are aimed their way," Napolitano said.
"But he held up that aid and instead asked for a favor, which arguably was for his political campaign. That was a violation of federal law. That is an impeachable offense. That is what the Democrats are seeking to investigate."
The call transcript indicates that Trump asked Zelenskiy to look into the matter regarding the hacked Democratic National Committee server from the 2016 campaign, which some reports suggest is in Ukraine, and also probe corruption allegations against Joe Biden — a leading Democratic candidate for president.
Napolitano said there's no federal investigation of Biden and the business dealigns of him and his son, so it's logical to say Trump's request was aimed at helping his own campaign by damaging Biden. House Democrats have opened an impeachment inquiry to investigate Trump.
"If the favor was to help the president's campaign, it's a very serious issue … it is a federal crime to receive a favor or to ask for something for a campaign from a foreign national or a foreign government," Napolitano said.
Napolitano closed by taking a shot at Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani, calling him a "frenetic lawyer" who goes on TV "trying to make Joe Biden look worse."
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