The hosts of “Fox & Friends” on Thursday reacted indignantly when legal analyst Andrew Napolitano said that President Donald Trump’s new acting attorney general is “not qualified” to serve.
When discussing Trump’s decision to fire Jeff Sessions and replace him with acting AG Matthew Whitaker, Napolitano broke down why Trump’s appointment is flatly illegal.
“You’re saying the guy the president appointed is not qualified?” host Steve Doocy asked.
“Is not legally qualified,” Napolitano clarified.
“The president’s got lawyers!” an incredulous Doocy replied. “They looked at that!”
Napolitano then explained that there are only three ways someone can become an acting AG: If you’re already serving as the deputy AG, if you have a job at the DOJ that requires you to be confirmed by the Senate, and if you were appointed while the Senate was in recess.
Whitaker, Napolitano explained, does not meet any of those criteria.
“He has chosen someone who, under the law, does not qualify to be acting attorney general,” he concluded.
“So he’s really not the attorney general?” a confused Ainsley Earhardt asked.
“That’s correct,” Napolitano confirmed. “Which is why he did not take an oath of office.”
“They say that he already took an oath so he doesn’t have to take it again!” interjected host Brian Kilmeade, referring to the oath Whitaker took when he became chief of staff at the DOJ.
“That’s a political response,” Napolitano shot back.
Watch the video below.
Fox’s Andrew Napolitano: Trump “has chosen someone who does not qualify under the law to be the Acting Attorney General of the United States.” pic.twitter.com/gFKQBDy0vg
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Supreme Court stuns experts with 7-2 ruling in Trump tax case
In a 7-2 decision that surprised many court observers, the Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that President Donald Trump cannot block a subpoena from the Manhattan district attorney seeking his tax returns.
"Two hundred years ago, a great jurist of our Court established that no citizen, not even the President, is categorically above the common duty to produce evidence when called upon in a criminal proceeding. We reaffirm that principle," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the decision.
The court sent the case back to lower courts for further proceedings. Axios described the ruling as "a stinging loss for Trump, who has fought relentlessly to keep these records secret."
GOP has all but given up on containment — instead they’re feeding Americans to the ‘coronavirus meatgrinder’: op-ed
Writing in The Week this Thursday, Ryan Cooper says that as the coronavirus continues to spike across the country, Republicans have essentially abandoned efforts to stem the spread. "Instead they are feeding the American people into the coronavirus meatgrinder," he writes.
GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is focused on protecting companies from liability if they infect their employees or customers, while President Trump threatens to cut off funding from schools that don't open in the fall.
"For months now Republicans have been positing a tradeoff between pandemic containment and the economy, as if we just cancel the lockdowns then everything can go back to normal," Cooper writes. "What they stubbornly refuse to understand is that the virus is the problem. As we are seeing, even in this benighted country a critical mass of people will not go about their normal activities if they are afraid of catching a dangerous disease. Similarly, Sweden did not officially lock down, and as a result it has suffered six-12 times as many deaths as its Scandinavian neighbors — yet its economy took just as bad a hit as theirs. Now that Norway, Denmark, and Finland have contained the virus and are reopening safely but many Swedes are still staying home, the economic damage will be even worse in relative terms."
Mask-free UFC fighter punches and hurls racial slurs at older man for ‘touching’ him at restaurant
UFC fighter Mike Perry was seen on video punching an older man for allegedly touching him. Perry, who is white, can also be heard using the N-word multiple times.
According to ESPN, the incident occurred at Table 82 in Lubbock, Texas on Wednesday.
In a video shared on social media, Perry appears irate as he is ushered out of the restaurant.
Austin police officers who arrived on the scene declined to arrest Perry but said that an investigation into the incident is ongoing.