Fox's Kilmeade: Why doesn't Trump investigate personal finances of Schiff and Waters?

"Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade asked early Thursday why President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE doesn't open an investigation into the personal finances of Democratic Reps. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffCourt filings show Trump, Cohen contacts amid hush money payments House passes annual intelligence bill Judge finds Stone violated gag order, blocks him from using social media MORE (Calif.) and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersHillicon Valley: Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract | FTC weighs updating kids' internet privacy rules | Schumer calls for FaceApp probe | Report says states need more money to secure elections Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment Maxine Waters says her committee will call in Zuckerberg to testify about Libra MORE (Calif.), questioning how they got "rich."

"Why not investigate Adam Schiff? Why not investigate Maxine Watters? How did they become rich?" Kilmeade asked judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano.

"Because the Democrats control the Congress and they're not going to investigate their own," Napolitano replied.

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"Doesn't the president have an attorney? Why doesn't the president run a private investigation onto Adam Schiff?" Kilmeade asked after some crosstalk.

"Because the president, if he's going to use the power of the government to do anything, has to do it through the [Department of Justice]," Napolitano noted.

Trump and Schiff traded verbal blows on Twitter on Wednesday after the new House Intelligence Committee chairman said he would open an investigation in the president's personal finances and possible ties to Russia.

Schiff stated he would launch an investigation to find out if any of Trump's decisions since becoming president have been compelled by personal financial gain.

“The president’s actions and posture towards Russia during the campaign, transition, and administration have only heightened fears of foreign financial or other leverage over President Trump and underscore the need to determine whether he or those in his administration have acted in service of foreign interests since taking office,” he said in a statement.

Trump said later there is no basis for an investigation.

"He’s just a political hack who’s trying to build a name for himself," the president told reporters at the White House. "It’s just presidential harassment and it’s unfortunate and it really does hurt our country."

Trump reportedly often watches "Fox & Friends" during what has been dubbed "Executive Time" on weekday mornings and has been interviewed on the program on multiple occasions since taking office.