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 News legal analyst: Only a pardon can 'fairly undo' Roger Stone 'mess' Trump flexes pardon power with high-profile clemencies Fox's Napolitano: Roger Stone 'absolutely entitled' to new trial after juror's tweets revealed MORE dismissed the statement by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerThis week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Congress set for clash over surveillance reforms Trump adviser presses House investigators to make Bezos testify 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 BarrPennsylvania Democrat says US Attorney's Office should prioritize opioids rather than 'Russian propaganda' from Giuliani President Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday 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 MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 BartiromoDoug Collins not interested in national intelligence role despite Trump interest Kudlow: New tax cuts will 'probably come out sometime in September' Bannon says Democrats won't stop effort to impeach Trump 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.