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 calls Trump's attacks on minority Democrats 'racist' Fox's Napolitano predicts Acosta will be out as Labor secretary by end of week Fox's Napolitano warns Trump: 'A felony' to accept foreign help for reelection MORE dismissed the statement by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTrump knocks Mueller after deal struck for him to testify House Democrats request briefing on Epstein, Acosta Nadler apologized after repeatedly calling Hope Hicks 'Ms. Lewandowski' at hearing 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 BarrDemocratic lawmaker calls asylum, refugee programs 'crown jewel' of immigration system Trump says he won't watch Mueller testimony Cummings asks prosecutors about decision not to charge Trump in hush money probe 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 MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats 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 BartiromoGOP lawmakers press Trump to cut deal with China at G-20 The Hill's Morning Report - Warren cements front-runner status in first Dem debate George Conway: Trump needs a hospital after Mueller accusation 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.