Fox drops analyst who said United Kingdom could have helped spy on Trump

Fox drops analyst who said United Kingdom could have helped spy on Trump

Former Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano is seen in the lobby of Trump Tower in NY in December 2016.

Andrew Napolitano, senior judicial analyst for Fox News, has been suspended indefinitely over his claims British intelligence wiretapped Trump Towers at the request of former President Obama.

Napolitano, a former New Jersey Superior Court Judge and visiting professor at Brooklyn Law School, joined Fox Radio in 2006 and later became a fixture on Fox News, where he frequently provides legal analysis. And his information differed from what Napolitano said on Fox News, he said.

Both America's National Security Agency (NSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have flatly denied allegations by Mr Trump that he was bugged.

The suspension comes after President Trump tweeted that former President Obama had overseen the tapping of pre-election communications at Trump Tower. Other legal experts were on TV all day long, discussing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's testimony and Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing. Rogers, asked in the same hearing whether he agreed that the allegation about the British was "nonsense", responded "yes". Instead of using USA intelligence services, Napolitano said, Obama used Britain's Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ, to ensure there were "no American fingerprints on this". Napolitano, whose allegation was repeated by press secretary Sean Spicer during a White House press conference and by Trump, also said the British were asked to conduct the surveillance to possibly cloak Obama's involvement. "We're not casting judgment on that".

GCHQ publicly denied the assertion, describing it as "utterly ridiculous".

But that did not stop Trump from bringing them up again.

The US president, when asked about the incident, said that "all we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox".

Sources have told me that the British foreign surveillance service, the Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ, most likely provided Obama with transcripts of Trump's calls.

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.