Judge Nap on Hope Hicks Report: This Is 'New Tenor' in Mueller's Probe & 'Not Good' for Trump
On "The Daily Briefing" on Thursday, Napolitano pointed to a New York Times report that Mueller is zeroing in on a June 2016 meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower.
He explained that Mark Corallo, a former spokesman for Trump's legal team, is expected to interview with Mueller's team. Corallo reportedly will tell investigators that White House communications director Hope Hicks wanted to prevent the release of emails in which Donald Trump Jr. set up the Trump Tower meeting to get dirt on Hillary Clinton.
"If he says that credibly, he's going to paint out a case for a conspiracy to obstruct justice, a conspiracy to hide documents, knowing that the special counsel would be looking for them because they are relevant to the core of what he's looking at: any relationship between the Trump campaign and the Russian government," Napolitano said.
The report alleges Hicks said on a conference call last summer that the emails about the meeting "will never get out," prompting concern from Corallo that she could potentially seek to obstruct justice. A lawyer for Hicks has denied the account.
The judge said he "can't imagine" Corallo would have spoken directly to the Times about the meeting, but cautioned that the reporting - if accurate - is not a positive development for Trump.
"This is a new tenor to the investigation and not good for the president."
Watch more above.