Fox News Pulls Judge Andrew Napolitano Following Controversial Trump Wiretapping ClaimsPor Orquidea Banes Mar 21, 2017
It's still not clear who all of Napolitano's sources were, and Fox News has declined CNN's requests to elaborate.
On Monday, Napolitano was absent during the network's coverage of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
A person with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because it was a personnel matter said Napolitano has been benched and won't be appearing on the air in the near future. Napolitano was not available for comment. Trump tweeted in 2014.
Those questions don't have anything to do with whether Trump was correct in tweeting that Obama ordered Trump to be wiretapped during the campaign.
When the judge kept sticking to his guns, on several programs and also in a written column, and couldn't back it up with any proof, it became an embarrassment to Fox News.
"By bypassing all American intelligence services, Obama would have had access to what he wanted with no Obama administration fingerprints", Napolitano wrote in a column on FoxNews.com.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy White House press secretary, said then that the discrepancy was because of a last-minute change of plans. "They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored".
"I don't think the rubbish being uttered by the Trump camp will affect the day-to-day operational co-operation between the United Kingdom and USA intelligence agencies, but it'll be important to remind our partners there that more consideration and respect need to be afforded to the intelligence communities by the Trump administration".
Larry Johnson outlined a complicated series of events on CNN's "Reliable Sources" on Sunday that he says led Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News' top judicial analyst, to make his explosive claim.
A blogger and former Central Intelligence Agency analyst says he was a source for an uncorroborated claim made on Fox News about supposed spying at Trump Tower - but he says he didn't mean to be. He said he "reported what the sources told me, reported it accurately and I do believe the substance of what they told me".
Testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed - for the first time publicly - that the FBI was investigating "the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election" and their possible connection to Trump's presidential campaign. GCHQ denied the claim and Fox anchors went as far as announcing on the air that the network's news division could not corroborate those claims.
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