On Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported that Judge Andrew Napolitano is being kept off the air for an indefinite period of time over claims that British intelligence wiretapped Donald Trump at former President Obama’s request.
According to the Times:
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano is being kept off the air indefinitely amid the controversy over his unverified claims that British intelligence wiretapped Trump Tower at the behest of former President Obama.
Fox News did not respond to inquiries about Napolitano’s status Monday. Napolitano was conspicuously missing from the network’s coverage of the confirmation hearings on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch — an event in which he typically would have played a significant role. He has not been on the air since Thursday.
People familiar with the situation who could speak only on the condition of anonymity said Napolitano is not expected to be on Fox News Channel any time soon. Napolitano was not available for comment.
On one program, Napolitano said that “Fox News has spoken to intelligence community members who believe that surveillance did occur, that it was done by British intelligence.” But, the Times noted, Fox “did no such thing, forcing its anchors to walk back Napolitano’s statement.”
“Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now-president of the United States was surveilled at any time, in any way,” Shepard Smith said Friday.
The Times added:
In a statement read on the Fox News program “MediaBuzz” on Sunday, Napolitano defended his comments. He said he “reported what the sources told me, reported it accurately and I do believe the substance of what they told me.”
On Monday, FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress that he had “no information” supporting Trump’s claims. National Security Director Michael Rogers also refuted Trump’s claim. He testified that the Obama administration did not ask the British agency to spy on Trump — nor would it ever make such a request because it would be “expressly against the construct” of intelligence agreements between the U.S. and its allies.
Next stop for a man of such distinguished credentials, The People's Court.
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