Fox's Napolitano sees evidence to 'justify about three or four articles of impeachment against the president'

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew NapolitanoAndrew Peter NapolitanoFox's Napolitano predicts Trump will testify on own behalf at Senate trial Fox's Napolitano says obstruction 'easiest' impeachment offense for Democrats Fox's Napolitano: Trump loses the 'unfair' argument by not participating in hearings MORE said in an interview with Reason.com published Friday, he believes there could be 'three to four articles of impeachment" against President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax MORE, including bribery, high crimes and misdemeanors and obstruction of justice.

“The Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have unearthed enough evidence, in my opinion, to justify about three or four articles of impeachment against the president," Napolitano told Reason.com's Nick Gillespie.

"One is bribery. The allegation is the technical definition of bribery is the failure to perform an official duty until a thing of value comes your way," continued Napolitano. "And they will argue that the president’s failure to disperse funds that the Congress ordered, they dispersed until the recipient of the funds agreed to investigate a potential political opponent is an act of bribery. That is enough, in my opinion, to make it over the threshold of impeachable offenses. I don’t think it’s enough to convict of bribery, but it’s enough to allege it for the purpose of impeachment.


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The second charge will be high crimes and misdemeanors, election law violation," the former New Jersey Superior Court judge said. "The third crime will be obstruction of justice. The fourth will be interference with a witness, and the fifth may be lying under oath."

“The evidence of his impeachable behavior at this point, in my view, is overwhelming," Napolitano concluded.

The remarks come in contrast of the president's perspective on the week of impeachment hearings, which he believes went well for him and the GOP. 

“I want a trial,” Trump told Fox & Friends' Friday morning. “There’s nothing there.”

Trump also expressed doubts on if the House would even hold a vote to impeach while arguing his phone call with Ukraine’s president was “totally appropriate” and saying House Democrats would be “crazy” to put impeachment to a vote.

“There should never be an impeachment, that phone call was totally appropriate," Trump said by phone. 

“If they do put it up, they’re crazy,” Trump continued. “[House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffPence's office questions Schiff's request to declassify more material from official's testimony: report Sunday talk shows: Lawmakers gear up ahead of Monday's House Judiciary hearing Trump denies report that he still uses personal cell phone for calls MORE is a nut job.”

If impeached in the Democratic-controlled House, the Republican-controlled Senate would need to convict Trump with a two-thirds vote. In that scenario, 20 GOP senators would have to buck the party to achieve a two-thirds majority.