Donald Trump has considered Fox Cable Channel his go-to propaganda machine even during his 2016 presidential campaign. Today, Fox turned on their favorite president, though. POTUS might have to retreat to the Russian-owned One America News Network. Check out what Fox did to 45.
Senior judicial analyst for Fox News Andrew Napolitano sided with the House Intelligence Committee chair and lead in the impeachment inquiry Adam Schiff (D-CA). The co-host said he approved of Schiff’s approach to the impeachment inquiry. He said this in spite of how the Republican legislators’ complained about the rules for the next stage of Trump’s impeachment.
Napolitano pointed out that the rules had been written by the Republicans in 2015 when they were in control of the House. Napolitano said on Fox & Friends:
‘Congressman Schiff is, in my opinion, following the rules of the House of Representatives. You generate the information in secret. You decide which you want to make public. You can’t use anything against the president that hasn’t been challenged and aired in public.’
Then, Fox & Friends’ analyst continued:
‘So his [the president’s] lawyers, whoever they are going to be, ultimately will be seated at a table at the House Judiciary Committee challenging that evidence. When that challenge is over, the House Judiciary Committee votes, and then the House of Representatives votes.’
Co-host Steve Doocy reminded people that the GOP had been clamoring for a vote, and now they had it:
‘The Republicans have asked for a vote, so they’re getting this vote about the procedure of the inquiry going forward. But also want it to be fair. There is nothing fair about this. Congress has got some screwy rules.’
Napolitano agreed with Doocy:
‘Congress does. The rules were written in 2015 when Republicans controlled Congress. And now they are stuck with those rules.’
‘They come back to haunt the Republicans.’
‘Yes, it has come back to haunt the Republicans. One of the more interesting phrases that I heard the other day is an impeachable offense is whatever the House says it is. Because at that point, it’s political.’
These two Fox & Friends co-hosts were not alone. Fox News’ Chris Wallace fact-checked Republicans Thursday as they were beginning to debate the impeachment bill on the House floor. Wallace explained that the impeachment inquiry against Trump was:
‘One of the points I would make, and this is to push back, I respect Bill Bennett a lot. But he makes it — and some Republicans do — that it was just a phone call. It was a lot more than a phone call.’
Wallace continued in his analysis:
‘It was a coordinated campaign. What you’ve heard from Bill Taylor and Fiona Hill and Lt. Col. Vindman and a bunch of others, it was a coordinated campaign by people outside the regular diplomatic channels at the State Department to put pressure on Ukraine to do certain things to investigate the Democrats from what they did in 2016 to investigate Biden that preceded the phone call on July 25th and followed the phone call after July 25th. And I think that’s one of the things that will be so interesting to hear from Tim Morrison today is this campaign. It didn’t begin and end with the phone call.’
Co-host Bill Hemmer said that instead of criticizing the “process,” Republicans should focus on the facts. He added that declaring a mistrial even before the witnesses go public versus behind closed doors did not work:
‘The thing is, I’m interested in the Republicans saying this: The Constitution is very clear and very non-specific. It basically says the House has the power to impeach. It doesn’t say anything about how they do it, what committee they send it to, whether the hearings are open or closed.’
The Fox News co-hosts pointed out that a judge determined that a vote was not necessary to continue with the inquiry. Still, Republicans complained. Today, the Dems held the unnecessary vote.
Should Trump be impeached, the Democratic-held House would need for 20 Republicans in the Senate to vote with them. With 67 Senate votes, the president would be fired and forced out of office.
Check out Napolitano siding with the Democrats in the video below:
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