Fox's Andrew Napolitano on Trump's apparent witness intimidation of Michael Cohen: "I don't think that that is a threat"
Napolitano: "If the president says, 'Your father-in-law's a mobster and probably should be investigated by the DOJ,' is that a threat? I don't think that that is a threat."
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From the January 24 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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ANDREW NAPOLITANO (FOX NEWS SENIOR JUDICIAL ANALYST): Here's a basic rule that trial lawyers follow: If there is bad information about your client, it's better if it comes out of your mouth than out of the government's mouth. So, that's why I think Rudy was saying the things he was saying. Then we got this bombshell last night that Cohen's not going to testify. The Democrats are flustered. The Republicans don't know what to make of it. Cohen says, "The president threatened me."
So, what is a threat? There are two threats, one is something that we all know is a threat. "If you show up, I'm going to break your legs." That's obviously a threat. The other is something that the witness perceives as a threat that doesn't really threaten the rest of us. So if the president says, "Your father-in-law's a mobster and probably should be investigated by the DOJ," is that a threat? I don't think that that is a threat. But, in Michael Cohen's mind, that's enough to keep him from testifying.