Fox News' Judge Napolitano hits Trump where it hurts: Don Jr. will likely be indicted

The Fox News personality thinks that more trouble is going to come for members of Trump's circle

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published December 6, 2018 8:57AM (EST)

Andrew Napolitano; Donald Trump   (AP/Richard Drew/Getty/Sean Gallup)
Andrew Napolitano; Donald Trump (AP/Richard Drew/Getty/Sean Gallup)

Fox News' Judge Andrew Napolitano joined ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams on his SiriusXM show on Wednesday to discuss the implications of special counsel Robert Mueller's lenient sentencing memo for Michael Flynn, President Trump's former campaign adviser and national security adviser.

"It's a huge deal not for what's in there, but for what is redacted," Napolitano, a libertarian whose longtime friendship with Trump has not stopped him from criticizing the president, explained to Abrams.

"What is also significant is that Flynn became a cooperating witness a long time ago and the independent counsel, the special counsel reflects that, that he was present almost at the creation of our investigation and was able to guide us in certain areas. I have an idea what that other area may be because last week when Michael Cohen pleaded guilty, and we all in the media went crazy about it, something else that happened that nobody really paid much attention to. And that was a raid on the headquarters of Deutsche Bank in Germany gathering the loan documents for the past twenty years. Who was the principal financier of the Trump Organization for the past twenty years? Deutsche Bank."

After adding that he is unsure that there is a define connection between the raid of Deutsche Bank and the Trump-Russia scandal, he said that in his opinion, "the president himself should be extremely uncomfortable about this not for his son or son-in-law as much as for himself."

At that point, Abrams asked whether he thought there would be indictments of people in Trump's circle.

"Yes. I don't know who, but I do know that Donald Jr. has told friends that he expects to be indicted," Napolitano told Abrams. He added that although he expects Donald Trump Jr. to be indicted, as well as Jerome Corsi, he's not sure about Jared Kushner or Roger Stone. Trump Jr. is the president's son and Kushner is his son-in-law, while Corsi is a notorious right-wing conspiracy theorist and Stone is a political hatchet man who is alleged to have ties to Russia himself.

He hinted at as much back in August on Fox News:

Napolitano wasn't the only major American commentator who remarked on the number of redactions from the Mueller memo on Flynn. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who is the Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted earlier this week that "the recommendation of no jail time for Flynn, apart from its obvious irony for the man who led chants of 'lock her up,' reflects both the timeliness and significance of his help. That most of the details are redacted signals he has given far more than we or the President may know."

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a professional writer whose work has appeared in multiple national media outlets since 2012 and exclusively at Salon since 2016. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012, was a guest on Fox Business in 2019, repeatedly warned of Trump's impending refusal to concede during the 2020 election, spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California in 2021, was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022 and appeared on NPR in 2023. His diverse interests are reflected in his interviews including: President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (1999-2001), animal scientist and autism activist Temple Grandin, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (1997-2001), inventor Ernő Rubik, comedian Bill Burr ("F Is for Family"), novelist James Patterson ("The President's Daughter"), epidemiologist Monica Gandhi, theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin, voice actor Rob Paulsen ("Animaniacs"), mRNA vaccine pioneer Katalin Karikó, philosopher of science Vinciane Despret, actor George Takei ("Star Trek"), climatologist Michael E. Mann, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (2013-present), dog cognition researcher Alexandra Horowitz, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson (2012, 2016), comedian and writer Larry Charles ("Seinfeld"), Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman (2000), Ambassador Michael McFaul (2012-2014), economist Richard Wolff, director Kevin Greutert ("Saw VI"), model Liskula Cohen, actor Rodger Bumpass ("SpongeBob Squarepants"), Senator John Hickenlooper (2021-present), Senator Martin Heinrich (2013-present), Egyptologist Richard Parkinson, Rep. Eric Swalwell (2013-present), Fox News host Tucker Carlson, actor R. J. Mitte ("Breaking Bad"), theoretical physicist Avi Loeb, biologist and genomics entrepreneur William Haseltine, comedian David Cross ("Scary Movie 2"), linguistics consultant Paul Frommer ("Avatar"), Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (2007-2015), computer engineer and Internet co-inventor Leonard Kleinrock and right-wing insurrectionist Roger Stone.

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