Judge Napolitano says Trump decision to defend himself on his own terms is unwise

December 3, 2019
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Judge Napolitano is not a big fan of President Trump. That much is clear. He’s made a habit lately of being the anti-Trump attack dog on Fox’s air waves, infuriating conservatives who make up Fox News’ most prolific viewers.

But what he said on Monday just takes the cake. Napolitano attacked Trump on Neil Cavuto’s show for refusing to send lawyers to the House Judiciary Committee’s ridiculous impeachment hearing.

His reasoning is bizarre. “The rules about which the president are complaining were written by a Republican House of Representatives in 2015. The president would be very unwise not to send lawyers there,” Napolitano said.

That’s just silly. Just because the rules were written in 2015 doesn’t make the current impeachment debacle – or the Democrats’ very clear poor intent – any more acceptable. Democrats haven’t even provided the President with a list of witnesses, a basic thing that every court would allow.

Napolitano continued, “He also loses the argument that it’s unfair if he doesn’t take the opportunity to participate himself.”

Trump loses no such argument. It’s still unfair. Trump is just refusing to lend it credibility — which is automatically provided when a U.S. President participates in something — by showing up with lawyers and pretending like the entire thing is legitimate.

Just because something is legally legitimate (it’s actual impeachment, under the constitution) doesn’t make it right. And Trump is correct to refuse to lend his credibility to the effort to throw him out of office.

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