Fox News’ senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano on Wednesday said House Republicans were attempting to undermine witnesses who testified against President Donald Trump during his impeachment proceedings as a way to avoid addressing evidence that Trump committed a crime by pressuring Ukraine’s leader to investigate Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in return for the release of millions of dollars in military aid.
“I think that the argument that asking for a favor in return for doing a legal obligation — releasing the funds — is pretty clearly a violation of a criminal bribery laws,” Napolitano said during an appearance on Fox News’ “Your World: With Neil Cavuto.”
“Republicans may not want to acknowledge that, which is why they’d rather undermine the witnesses than address the merits.”
Public impeachment hearings started Wednesday in the House of Representatives into whether Trump abused his office to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to dig up political dirt for Trump’s benefit.
The first two impeachment inquiry witnesses – diplomats Bill Taylor and George Kent – testified together Wednesday on Capitol Hill before the House Oversight Committee. Taylor told lawmakers about another conversation where Trump voiced his request to push the Ukrainians to publicly announce investigations into the Bidens.
Rep. Devin Nunes, the senior Republican on the committee, defended Trump in his opening statement by citing conspiracy theories and said Democrats had tried to “obtain nude pictures of Trump from Russian pranksters who pretended to be Ukrainian officials.”
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