Fox commentator Andrew Napolitano, a former New Jersey judge, asserted that the British foreign surveillance service, known as GCHQ, provided former President Obama with transcripts of wiretapped calls made by Donald Trump. The British agency denied the charge.
Fox News has benched legal analyst Andrew Napolitano because of his claims that former President Obama used British intelligence officials to spy on President Trump, reports the New York Daily News. Napolitano, a former New Jersey Superior Court judge, reported last week that three intelligence sources had told him that Obama went “outside the chain of command” in order to surveil the President. “Obama would not have needed a warrant to authorize surveillance on Trump,” Napolitano wrote in a column for Fox News. “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.”
White House spokesman Sean Spicer cited the claim last week, while the Government Communications Headquarters called the accusations “utterly ridiculous.” Fox News anchor Shepard Smith said on the air that the network couldn’t confirm Napolitano’s report. “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, full stop,” he said Friday. On the same day, Trump praised Napolitano as a “very talented legal mind.” FBI Director James Comey told the House Intelligence Committee yesterday denied the President’s Twitter accusation that Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower during the campaign. “I have no information that supports those tweets and we have looked carefully inside the FBI,” Comey said.