Andrew Napolitano: Trump Tower meeting could be grounds for criminal conspiracy

August 7, 2018

Fox News legal expert Judge Andrew Napolitano said Tuesday that there may be grounds to accuse those involved in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with criminal conspiracy.

Judge Napolitano explained during an interview on “Fox Friends” that there are federal statutes that make it illegal for candidates to “receive something of value” from a foreign national, entity or government.

“So, was the purpose of this meeting to receive something of value?” he said. “That’s something Bob Mueller will have to look at.”

The legal analyst said these statues are crafted to make convictions easier to get. He explained that if there was an agreement to receive damaging information on political rival Hillary Clinton from the Russians, it would be grounds for criminal action, even if nothing ever came of it.

“If those who agreed, at least one of them, took some step in the furtherance of the agreement, then there is the potential crime for conspiracy,” he said.

Judge Napolitano argued it didn’t seem that President Trump is one of those in danger of criminal charges because he didn’t know about the meeting in advance.

However, he emphasized that the president should steer clear of interviewing with special counsel Robert Mueller. It is expected that the president’s counsel and Mr. Mueller’s team will announce whether or not Mr. Trump will speak with the special counsel soon.

“This is not the forum for him to tell his story,” Judge Napolitano said.

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