Fox News' Judge Napolitano Says Trump's Ukraine Debacle is 'Most Serious Charge' He's Faced in Office

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said allegations that President Donald Trump sought help from another foreign leader to take on his opponent in the 2020 presidential election is the "most serious charge" he has faced.

Napolitano said if the whistleblower's claims are proven true and Trump committed an "act of corruption" with the Ukranian government, the ramifications could be far more intense than any scrutiny brought as a result of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Trump has rebuked claims of a quid pro quo conversation between himself and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call in which Trump reportedly demanded an investigation into "corruption" tied to former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

"Who is in more trouble here," Fox Business Network's David Asman asked Napolitano Monday. "The president who had this phone call with the Ukrainian leader or Joe Biden who actually did have a quid pro quo with regard to Ukraine when he was vice president?"

"Well that depends who you ask," Napolitano replied with a laugh, before continuing. "I think this is the most serious charge against the president, far more serious than what Bob Mueller dug or dragged up against him. If there was a quid pro quo—it does appear as though a quarter of a billion dollars in defensive weaponry was held back for a period of time while these eight conversations were going on between the president."

Napolitano referenced reports the U.S. and Ukraine were in discussions over a $250 million military aid package for Kiev that has since been withheld in exchange for dirt on Biden, Trump's potential Democratic opponent in the upcoming election.

Trump has rejected the reports and labeled the whistleblower "highly partisan." The president responded via Twitter Thursday, "Is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially 'heavily populated' call?"

But Napolitano pushed back against Trump's logic. "So if you are the President of the United States and you are making a conversation that you know your intelligence community is listening to. Of course you're not going to articulate a quid pro quo. You'll just make the quid pro quo happen."

Reports have also indicated the White House and Justice Department attempted to suppress the whistleblower's complaint. The Trump-Ukraine debacle comes just six months after Special Counsel Mueller concluded his investigation into allegations of Trump's shady dealings with another foreign government: Russia.

Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has appeared on several cable news outlets attempting to redirect attention toward conspiratorial claims about Hunter Biden's ties to "selling public offices" and laundered money from Ukraine. Giuliani accused a range of Democratic party affiliated names including Obama, the Clintons and George Soros into his competing Biden-Ukraine claims and has also adamantly defended Trump's actions.

A Ukraine prosecutor in May said there was zero wrongdoing by Joe or Hunter Biden and completely dismissed Giuliani's claims.

"The reality is that the President of the United States, whoever he is, has every right to tell the president of another country you better straighten out the corruption in your country if you want me to give you a lot of money. If you're so damn corrupt that you can't investigate allegations -- our money is going to get squandered," Giuliani said this week.

Speaking on Fox Business Network on Monday, Napolitano reiterated the seriousness of the allegations against Trump while also saying it "is probably the end of Joe Biden's presidency."

"If it is true, we haven't seen the whistle-blower complaint and under the law it has to be revealed, if this is true this is an act of corruption," Napolitano concluded.

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Andrew Napolitano, senior judicial analyst for the Fox News Channel, speaks on Capitol Hill, on June 6. There’s lots of evidence that President Donald Trump will be indicted—even if it's not known publicly until he's out of office—according to comments on Monday from Napolitano.  Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images