Andrew Napolitano’s lonely, one-man war against Trump

Occasionally, when the time is right and fewer people are watching, Fox News tosses a few Donald Trump critics into the mix. They generally receive airtime in the middle of the day—where the more moderate hosts Shep Smith and Bret Baier hold court—before the party line is reestablished by the Trump liege men of primetime (Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity). And then there is Judge Andrew Napolitano, the Libertarian Party voter and legal commentator, who seems to be disappearing from Fox News altogether as he’s grown more and more critical of the Trump administration and its treatment of the Mueller report.

Fox News hasn’t dispatched with Napolitano altogether, of course—one presumes he has some kind of contract with the network—and Napolitano still makes more regular appearances on Fox Business. (Network insiders tell The Wrap that he is still a prominent figure inside Fox Corp. headquarters.) But for the most part, Napolitano’s diatribes against Trump appear to have been confined to his digital-only web series “Judge Napolitano’s Chambers,” where the former New Jersey Superior Court judge expresses opinions that are not often heard on the cable network: that Trump likely obstructed justice during Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion, for instance, or that Attorney General William Barr is now covering for the president by saying the Mueller report exonerated him. (As if to underscore the apostasy of these positions, “Judge Napolitano’s Chambers” is typically filmed outside 1211 Avenue of the Americas, practically in the street.)