WATCH: Judge Andrew Napolitano Says Donald Trump’s Attempt to Put an Ally in Charge of the Michael Cohen Investigation Would Be ‘Corrupt Intent’

Well now.

Earlier today, a New York Times report revealed that President Donald Trump asked his then-acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker whether he could put ally Geoffrey Berman in charge of the Southern District of New York’s case against former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

According to Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano, if the report is accurate, then the president is guilty of showing “corrupt intent” and potential obstruction of justice. Whitaker himself could also be in trouble, he said.

“There’s two potential crimes here for Matt Whitaker,” Napolitano said. “One is actual perjury, lying to the Congress. The other is misleading. Remember, you can be truthful but still misleading.”

But things look especially bad for the president: “That is an effort to use the levers of power of the government for a corrupt purpose to deflect an investigation into himself or his allies,” Napolitano said.

Asked by Fox News anchor Shepard Smith if the news amounted to obstruction of justice, Napolitano had this to say:

“Yes. Well, attempted obstruction. It would only be obstruction if it succeeded. If you tried to interfere with a criminal prosecution that may knock at your own door by putting your ally in there that is clearly an attempt to obstruct justice.”

Trump has denied that he ever had a conversation with Whitaker about intervening in the federal investigation into hush money payments Cohen made to women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump.

“No, I didn’t,” Trump told reporters at the White House earlier today. “There’s a lot of fake news out there.”

But the report nonetheless amplified concerns that the president obstructed justice and opened Whitaker up to further criticism.

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