“Fox & Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt seemed to be very confused about how the process of impeachment worked during a panel discussion with Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano.
Earhardt tried to argue that Donald Trump should be in his rights to simply have all charges against him dropped if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) kept stalling on sending over articles of impeachment against him. But her claims were quickly shut down by Napolitano, who showed her exactly how impeachment works in the United States.
“When a prosecutor brings a case against someone and then refuses to try it, can’t that person constitutionally dismiss the charges?” she asked.
“There is no prosecutor and no case being brought,” Napolitano replied.
“But isn’t it the same thing?” Earhardt asked.
Napolitano then told Earhardt that impeachment is a political process and not a legal process, so the traditional rules don’t necessarily apply.
“So is that a no?” she asked.
“I can’t answer it yes-or-no!” Napolitano said. “Ms. Pelosi is trying to influence the rules of the Senate by refusing to surrender the articles of impeachment until the senators agree to live testimony.”
Take a look at the video clip below:
Ainsley Earhardt on impeachment: "When a prosecutor brings a case against someone and then refuses to try it, can't that person constitutionally dismiss the charges?"
Andrew Napolitano: "There's no prosecutor and no case being brought."
Ainsley: "But isn't it the same thing?" pic.twitter.com/g9sK6RGM4D
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) January 7, 2020