While President Donald Trump continues to rail against his impeachment on Twitter, Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano says the trial taking place in the Senate is not, as the president maintains, a “hoax,” and is instead a “deadly serious business.”

In a new op-ed he published on the Fox News website, Napolitano writes:

“In Trump’s case … the House chose delicately not to accuse the president of specific crimes, there is enough evidence here to do so. Federal election laws proscribe as criminal the mere solicitation of help for a political campaign from a foreign national or government. There is no dispute that Trump did this. In fact, the case for this is stronger now than it was when the House impeached him last year. Since then, more evidence, which Trump tried to suppress, has come to light.”

The former New Jersey Superior Court judge then goes on to lay out exactly what crimes Trump has committed, despite his attorneys asserting in the Senate that no crimes have been identified during the House impeachment inquiry:

“One is bribery — the refusal to perform a government obligation until a thing of value is delivered, whether the thing of value — here, the announcement of a Ukrainian investigation of the Bidens — arrives or not. The other is contempt of Congress.”

So where are we as House impeachment managers begin their second day of presenting evidence? According to Napolitano, the case against Trump has already been made, and it’s more than enough to remove him from office:

“It leaves us with valid, lawful, constitutional arguments for Trump’s impeachment that he ought to take seriously. That is, unless he knows he will be acquitted because Republican senators have told him so. Whoever may have whispered that into his ear is unworthy of sitting as a juror and has violated the oath of ‘impartial justice’ and fidelity to the Constitution and the law.

What is required for removal of the president? A demonstration of presidential commission of high crimes and misdemeanors, of which in Trump’s case the evidence is ample and uncontradicted.”

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