Andrew Napolitano suggests Cohen plea is step toward impeachment: 'This must sting this president terribly'
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Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano on Thursday speculated that the latest guilty plea by Michael Cohen "must sting" President Donald Trump.

"Every time Bob Mueller gets more information like he probably got from Michael Cohen in the past days and weeks," Napolitano explained, "it creates more work for him to do... because he can't just take at face value what Cohen or any witness says, he has to corroborate it."

"This actually extends the obligations of [special counsel] Bob Mueller," he continued. "And it extends well into 2019 the existence of his office and his continued investigation."

According to Napolitano, Mueller's team "has been going by the book. No leaks, no lies, no exaggeration. Everything he files in court is properly filed and is verified."

The Fox News analyst later asserted that Cohen's guilty plea must "sting" President Donald Trump because his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has attempted to create the public impression that impeachment is "utterly unacceptable."

"The strategy of the White House has been to deploy a brilliant attorney who's a household name, Rudy Giuliani," Napolitano said, "not only as a lawyer, but as a [public relations] person for the president, to create the impression among the public that the indictment or the impeachment of Donald Trump is utterly unacceptable."

"Think of the personal sting here," he added. "Michael Cohen was not only the president's personal lawyer, but his confidante. Michael Cohen once said he would take a bullet for the president. He has now pleaded guilty twice, both times involving the president and both times promised to help people who are trying to bring the president down."

"This must sting the president terribly," Napolitano concluded.

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