Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano is arguing that President Trump committed “both criminal and impeachable” offenses during his July 25 phone call in which he pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
“That conversation manifested both criminal and impeachable behavior,” Napolitano writes in a FoxNews.com column published Wednesday.
Napolitano asserts that “the criminal behavior to which Trump has admitted is much more grave than anything alleged or unearthed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.”
“In the Zelensky phone call, he told the Ukrainian president that he needed a personal ‘favor,'” Napolitano writes in the column. “The clear unmistakable inference is that the $391 million in aid would be held up until the favor was delivered. The favor he sought was dirt on Biden.”
Napolitano was referring to the Trump administration’s delay in nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine that occurred just before the July phone call.
“He held up that aid and instead asked for a favor, which arguably was for his political campaign,” Napolitano says. “That was a violation of federal law. That is an impeachable offense.”
Trump has denied holding up military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to persuade the nation into investigating the Biden family. But Napolitano asserts that Trump’s request for a “favor” is evidence of a quid pro quo.