Judge Nap: Republicans Overpromised and Underdelivered, FISA Memo Does Not 'Vindicate' Trump
Judge Andrew Napolitano said Monday he believes Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee "overpromised and underdelivered" with the release of a controversial memo alleging abuses of surveillance powers against the Trump campaign.
The Fox News senior judicial analyst agreed with Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who said the memo does not discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Napolitano said President Trump should also not have a "false sense of confidence" about the Mueller probe.
This memo totally vindicates “Trump” in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2018
"The president has claimed total vindication. That's the president being the president. ... I understand why he says things like that, it gins up his base and it may help him politically, but legally it's of no moment," he said on "America's Newsroom."
The judge said a "he said-she said" battle is being waged over the memo release, calling for the Democrats' own memo to also be made public.
"I want it to come out. I want to see who on [the intelligence] committee is spinning," he said.
Napolitano said the American people should be allowed to view the "raw data," with classified material redacted, that is underlying the Republicans' and Democrats' claims.
He emphasized that in an interview with Bret Baier, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes acknowledged he never saw the FISA applications summarized in Friday's memo.
Overall, Napolitano stressed that he believes the executive branch has a "cavalier attitude" about the surveillance authorized by the secret court.
"It grants well over 99 percent of all the warrants the DOJ, the FBI, and the NSA request," he said, adding he has always believed it's a violation of the Fourth Amendment.
Watch his analysis above.