Fox's Napolitano dismisses suggestion US is in a 'constitutional crisis'

Fox's Napolitano dismisses suggestion US is in a 'constitutional crisis'
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Fox News senior analyst Andrew NapolitanoAndrew Peter NapolitanoFox's Napolitano warns Trump: 'A felony' to accept foreign help for reelection Fox's Napolitano warns Trump: 'A felony' to accept foreign help for reelection Fox's Napolitano rips Democrats for having John Dean testify: 'It's indefensible' MORE dismissed the statement by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerFrom abortion to obstruction, politicians' hypocrisy is showing Watergate figure John Dean earns laughter for responses to GOP lawmakers The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by MAPRx - Nadler gets breakthrough deal with DOJ on Mueller docs MORE (D-N.Y.) that the government is now in a "constitutional crisis."

Napolitano made the comment to "Fox & Friends" on Thursday after the program played clips of some Democrats declaring a constitutional crisis following a party-line 24-16 vote by the Judiciary Committee to hold Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrForeign interference is a threat to the 2020 elections — presidential interference is, too Foreign interference is a threat to the 2020 elections — presidential interference is, too America's crisis of compassion is a Constitutional crisis, too MORE in contempt. 

“Do we have a constitutional crisis? In my opinion we don’t," Napolitano also said. "We would have a constitutional crisis if the courts ordered the president or the Congress to do something and either of them defied the courts. That’s the crisis. Right now it’s just a clash."  

The perspective comes as Democrats push forward with their effort for Barr to release the unredacted report from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's Russia investigation on Wednesday. In response, the White House invoked executive privilege at the recommendation of the Justice Department.

Trump recently took shots at Napolitano for being "hostile" in a series of tweets to his nearly 60 million followers, while also claiming the judge had asked to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

"Ever since Andrew came to my office to ask that I appoint him to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I said NO, he has been very hostile! Also asked for pardon for his friend. A good 'pal' of low ratings Shepard Smith," Trump wrote in reference to the Fox News chief anchor.

“This is the way you treat your friends; how do you treat your enemies? Oh boy," Napolitano mused in response to "Mornings with Maria" anchor Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoTrump hits Fed over high interest rates: 'They don't have a clue!' Trump hits Fed over high interest rates: 'They don't have a clue!' Fox's Bartiromo: Border story should lead evening news 'every night' MORE on Apr. 29.

Trump also argued Napolitano should be taken off the air for making a "very dumb legal argument" regarding the Mueller report and retweeting another tweet calling on the former New Jersey Superior Court judge to be fired.