Fox News’s Judge Andrew Napolitano, who President Trump described as a “very talented legal mind,” said Tuesday that the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower that Trump confirmed was meant to get information on then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton could amount to a criminal conspiracy.
“Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy asked Napolitano whether it is against the law for a person who works in politics to “try and dig up dirt on your opponent?”
“No of course not, and everybody does it, and to that extent, the president’s correct,” the former judge said.
However, he added that there are “federal statutes that prohibit receiving something of value from a foreign national, foreign entity or foreign government.”
“So was the purpose of this meeting to receive something of value? That’s something Bob Mueller’s going to have to look at,” Napolitano continued.
“Is there a crime here or conspiracy?” co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked Napolitano.
“I don’t know the answer to that. But unfortunately, a lot of these statutes are written to make it easier for the government to convict,” Napolitano replied.
“So if there was an agreement to receive dirt on Hillary from the Russians, even if the dirt never came, if those who agreed, at least one of them, took some step in furtherance of the agreement, then there is the potential crime for conspiracy,” he added.
Napolitano’s remarks come just days after the president confirmed the Trump Tower meeting between members of his campaign team, including his son Donald Trump Jr., and a Russian lawyer was meant to “get information” on Clinton.
“This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics — and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!” Trump tweeted.
The Hill added:
The meeting is receiving renewed attention after Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, reportedly said the president was aware of the meeting before it took place, though Trump has repeatedly denied knowing about the meeting.