Fox News hosts Shep Smith and Tucker Carlson are now embroiled in a feud after the two traded barbs during their own respective shows on Wednesday.
BizPac Review reports the clash began the day before when Smith hosted Judge Andrew Napolitano on his show, asking him whether or not President Trump’s phone conversation with the Ukrainian president was a crime.
“The president admits that on the phone call with the president of Ukraine he requested that the president of Ukraine investigate his 2020 political rival, Joe Biden. Is that a crime?” Smith asked Napolitano on Tuesday.
“It is a crime for the president to solicit aid for his campaign from a foreign government? Yes,” the guest answered.
Later that evening, Carlson hosted former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova and asked him about the Smith-Napolitano interaction.
Carlson’s guest said he disagreed with their conclusion and said “I think Judge Napolitano is a fool.”
“I think what he said today is foolish,” diGenova added.
On Wednesday, Smith addressed the comment, calling it “repugnant.”
“Last night on this network, during primetime opinion programming, a partisan guest who supports President Trump was asked about Judge Napolitano’s legal assessment,” Smith said during “Shepard Smith Reporting.”
The host continued: “And when he was asked, he said, unchallenged, Judge Napolitano is a fool. Attacking our colleague who’s here to offer legal assessments on our air in our work home is repugnant.”
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Then came Carlson’s response to Smith’s comments…
“Yesterday, Judge Andrew Napolitano — a legal analyst at Fox and a very nice guy — went on one of our daytime shows and declared that the President’s phone call with the head of Ukraine was a crime,” Carlson said on Wednesday, opening the segment.
“Apparently Shep, who hosted Judge Napolitano, was watching last night and was outraged by what you said and quite ironically, called you ‘partisan,’” the host told diGenova, who again was a guest on the show.
“It makes people cynical when you dress up news coverage — when you dress up partisanship as ‘news coverage’ — and pretend that your angry political opinions are ‘news.’ People tune out. They know dishonesty when they see it,” Carlson said, obviously referencing Smith.
BizPac Review reports diGenova is probably more experienced to answer whether or not the president’s actions were criminal as “Napolitano was a former judge in New Jersey state court. In contrast, diGenova was a former United States Attorney. A federal prosecutor with the Department of Justice typically knows more about federal law than a state judge does, who focuses on state law.”
BizPac Review continues:
During last night’s interview with Joe diGenova, the former federal prosecutor underscored why former New Jersey state judge Andrew Napolitano is wrong in his claims that Trump broke the law.
“Let me sort of educate Judge Napolitano. The president of the United States is the executive branch under Article 2 [of the United States Constitution]. He is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States. He can ask anyone — a citizen, a foreign leader — a question. He can make a suggestion about an investigation because he runs them.
And by the way, the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel has said that requesting information from a foreign government is not a ‘foreign contribution’ [to a presidential candidate’s campaign].”
I have been a U.S. Attorney and an Independent Counsel and an Investigative Counsel on Capitol Hill in the House and the Senate. Judge Napolitano has never been a U.S. Attorney. He has never been a federal prosecutor. He has never conducted a federal grand jury. I have done all of those things.
If he wants to have an opinion, that’s fine. I am not a paid Fox contributor. I am a guest of Fox Network. I come on when they ask me…to tell the truth. As a matter of law, I know what I’m talking about in the law.”
You asked me my legal opinion and I gave it. Judge Napolitano gave his legal opinion, and he is entitled to it. But I can tell you — as a former United States Attorney — that I’m right.”