Fox's Andrew Napolitano dismisses Manafort judge's criticism of Mueller investigation: "It is irrelevant to his ruling"

Fox's Andrew Napolitano dismisses Manafort judge's criticism of Mueller investigation: "It is irrelevant to his ruling"

Fox has given the judge's commentary extensive coverage

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From the May 7 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom

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BILL HEMMER (CO-HOST): [Federal Judge] T.S. Ellis III, great name by the name, was challenging the government's case on Friday afternoon, saying this is outside the bounds of what the definition of a special counsel is all about. You're trying to squeeze this guy [Paul] Manafort in order to try to get to another target, and that target’s the president. You heard it. What do you think?

ANDREW NAPOLITANO (FOX NEWS SENIOR JUDICIAL ANALYST): Nothing. Because it's just the personal opinion of the judge. There's no evidence in the courtroom in front of him to justify that kind of an opinion. It drew enormous headlines over the weekend because it's a political narrative with which the Trump supporters agree. It's probably correct, but it is irrelevant to his ruling on the matter.

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HEMMER: So, it was a big headline, but you’re not -- you’re not thinking, legally, it is that significant, that’s what I hear.

NAPOLITANO: I’m thinking politically, it’s profoundly significant because it gave the president a handle. But legally, it’s of no significance at all.

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Previously:

Sean Hannity warns of civil war if Mueller goes after Trump

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