Judge Napolitano Suspended from Fox After Defending Trump

Last week, after nobody from the Trump Administration pointed to any evidence of President Trump’s claim that Barack Obama ordered Trump Tower to be wiretapped, Judge Andrew Napolitano took to Fox News to come public with some explosive information.

According to him, Obama got creative when it came to wiretapping Trump Tower, enlisting the help of the British. He said on the air:

“three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command. He didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA, he didn’t use the FBI, and he didn’t use the Department of Justice… He used GCHQ. What the heck is GCHQ? That’s the initials for the British spying agency. They have 24/7 access to the NSA database. So by simply having two people go to them and say ‘President Obama needs transcripts  of conversations involving Candidate Trump, conversations involving President-Elect Trump,’ [Obama’s] able to get it, and there’s no American fingerprints on this.”

Who were these three intelligence sources? Possibly people who wanted to sabotage Napolitano’s credibility, as his claims weren’t verified, and quickly denied by GCHQ. “Recent allegations made by media commentator judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct ‘wiretapping’ against the then president-elect are nonsense,” the statement read. “They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.”

If it wasn’t for Donald Trump citing Napolitano’s theory during his meeting with Angela Merkel (in which he referred to Napolitano as a “very talented lawyer”), it’s unlikely they would’ve gotten much attention after the GCHQ’s response, but he did.

After that, the theory attracted more scrutiny, culminating in a suspension of Napolitano from Fox.

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 in the near future. Napolitano was not available for comment.

H/T The Los Angeles Times

Rather than bench Napolitano, Fox should ask who those three intelligence sources are. Napolitano made it sound like these are sources that Fox had relied on in the past. What changed this time? Is it just their word against the GCHQ’s, and Fox is siding with the British?

Even assuming Napolitano is in the wrong here, there are plenty of questions left unanswered.

Share your thoughts in the comments below.


Matt is the co-founder of Unbiased America and a freelance writer specializing in economics and politics. He’s been published in The American Thinker, Rare, The Foundation for Economic Education, The Ludwig von Mises Institute, and National Review. He is the author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left. Follow him on Twitter at @MattPalumbo12.

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  • They interviewed someone on another channel and showed that this former intelligence officer first stated thestory and he said that he heard it from reliable sources inside the intelligence community.

  • I'm with you on that Donna! He s an HONORABLE man, and we all make mistakes. A second chance is fair!

  • I realized that Fox is definitely becoming part of the MSM, early on in the election primaries. They obviously wanted Jeb Bush as the candidate, & worked it so Rand Paul had to drop out. They tried to do that with Trump, but, fortunately, it didn't work. I try to not even read news from them, if I can avoid it. Another one bites the dust!

  • When you are talking about the use of Project Echelon (exposed by Edward Snowden's Wikileaks dump in 2013), NO ONE in the intel community is going to admit that is where the information came from. The American public would be IRATE! Who knew that five western countries (the USA, UK, Australia, Canada & New Zealand) with laws that prevent them from spying on their own citizens would collude to do just that? The US government asks the Brits to spy on Trump, the UK government asks the Australians to spy on one of its citizens, etc. You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours! My money is with the Judge. He has always been a straight shooter! But the intel community is very tight knit and nobody in US intelligence wants to expose the Brits. Heck, the Brits would probably dump on their US counterparts if they did expose the spying! Can you imagine who the US has spied on for the Brits? For example, The U.S. National Security Agency spied on and intercepted the phone calls of Princess Diana right until she died in a Paris car crash with Dodi Fayed in 1997. The NSA currently holds 1,056 pages of classified information about Princess Diana, which has been classified as top secret "because their disclosure could reasonably be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security ... the damage would be caused not by the information about Diana, but because the documents would disclose 'sources and methods' of U.S. intelligence gathering". An official insisted that "the references to Diana in intercepted conversations were 'incidental'," and she was never a 'target' of the NSA eavesdropping. SOUND FAMILIAR??? Incidental, not the target. Isn't that what the head of the House Intelligence Committee said yesterday about the Trump intercepts? Just google Echelon NSA and you will see what is known about the program.

  • You can fire all these that are telling the TRUTH BUT I BELIEVE A DAY IS COMING AND AND SOME OF YOU WANT BE PREPARED FOR IT.

  • what do you expect when Fox is owned by
    psychopath Rupert Murdoch
    and run by psychopath Roger Ailes,
    with financial backers as Prince Alwaleed bin Talal
    of Saudi, and they are all sycophantic Israhelli
    baby killer sympathizers.
    with psychopath reporters as Sean Hannity,
    and Bill O'Reilly, Shepard Smith, Bob Beckel,
    and many more insane liberal zombie
    script readers.
    they are doing Judge Napolitano a justice
    by firing him, he is in very very bad company
    sitting on the fox news panel with their
    sycophantic brainwashing agenda.
    Yea Napolitano, better days are in store for you.

  • The British Intelligence DENIED these allegations? Really? What do you expect a spy agency to do, reveal that they spied? Seriously? They are effing SPIES for cripes sake. What the hell is wrong with these people?

  • The British Intelligence DENIED these allegations? Really? What do you expect a spy agency to do, reveal that they spied? Seriously? They are effing SPIES!! What is wrong with these people?


  • Fox is a hair's breath better than CNN. They have Hannity and Pirro. The rest of them are anti-Trump, including O'Reilly

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