Report: William Barr Asked Fox News to Silence Legal Analyst Andrew Napolitano
Andrew Napolitano frequently draws the ire of Donald Trump. The legal analyst often appears on Fox News and outlines the legal parameters of different political issues. Sometimes he sides with the President. Oftentimes, however, he doesn’t.
Donald Trump, of course, would prefer any analysis happening on Fox News to paint him in a positive light. And William Barr, in his job as the President’s attack dog, pushes for this too, even if he has to swing his weight around. According to a new book by CNN’s Brian Stelter, Barr attempted to do just this with Rupert Murdoch.
Murdoch, of course, is the owner of the Fox News network. And the Australian billionaire is also a fan of the President. Stelter writes that Barr saw Murdoch as a ally in the mission to quiet Napolitano.
Stelter writes, “[the President] implored Barr to send Rupert a message in person … about ‘muzzling the judge’. [Trump] wanted the nation’s top law enforcement official to convey just how atrocious Napolitano’s legal analysis had been.”
In another section, the CNN reporter revealed, “[a staffer] confirmed that one host, Maria Bartiromo, would only book Napolitano to discuss non-Trump topics, because he would upset Bartiromo too much if he criticised the president.”
Trump has argued that the judge holds a grudge against him because he didn’t appoint him to the Supreme Court. The President tweeted in April of 2019, “Ever since Andrew came to my office to ask that I appoint him to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I said NO, he has been very hostile! Also asked for pardon for his friend. A good ‘pal’ of low ratings Shepard Smith.”
….Ever since Andrew came to my office to ask that I appoint him to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I said NO, he has been very hostile! Also asked for pardon for his friend. A good “pal” of low ratings Shepard Smith.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2019