Judge Andrew Napolitano, the senior judicial analyst for Fox News, has been benched indefinitely by his network.
He created a massive controversy last week over his unverified claims that British intelligence wiretapped Trump Tower on behalf of former President Barack Obama.
Napolitano has been off the air since last Thursday, but was most conspicuous by his absence during the network’s coverage of the confirmation hearings on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
President Trump first tweeted the Obama “wire tapping” accusation two weeks ago from his Mar-a-Lago country club.
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
While Trump, nor anyone else has provided any evidence to back up the bizarre claim, Napolitano said that the British foreign surveillance agency, the Government Communications Headquarters, “most likely” provided Obama with transcripts of Trump’s recorded calls.
He wrote an article for the Fox News website stating the following:
“By bypassing all American intelligence services, Obama would have had access to what he wanted with no Obama administration fingerprints.”
Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, later cited Napolitano’s theory when asked why President Trump had not backed down from the unsubstantiated claim.
The British spy agency was forced to officially denounce Napolitano’s allegations, saying they were “utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.”
“You shouldn’t be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox News,” said Trump, who has described Napolitano as “a very talented lawyer.”
Much like Trump, Napolitano tried to further validate his claim by dragging the network into his story, stating:
“Fox News has spoken to intelligence community members who believe that surveillance did occur, that it was done by British intelligence.”
Not only has Fox News not confirmed his statement, but the network had anchor Shepard Smith explain to viewers that no such conversation ever happened.
“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.”