Conservative Americans, including President Trump, know and trust Judge Andrew Napolitano. Fox News had better watch its step when dealing with an audience favorite such as the truth-telling legal expert.
The network’s senior judicial analyst has been absent on-air since last Thursday when he made unverified claims that British intelligence agents had colluded with Barack Obama to wiretap Trump’s phones.
Fox News analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano has reportedly been pulled from the air amidst controversy caused by his comments claiming that British intelligence wiretapped Donald Trump’s phones on behalf of former President Barack Obama, according to reports from the Los Angeles Times.
Judge Napolitano, the senior judicial analyst for Fox News and former New Jersey Superior Court judge, caused a stir last week when he claimed that the British foreign surveillance agency, the Government Communications Headquarters, “most likely” recorded Trump’s phone calls and provided written transcripts to Obama.
“Obama would not have needed a warrant to authorize surveillance on Trump,” Napolitano wrote in a column for Fox News last week. “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.”
The GCHQ called Napolitano’s claims “utterly ridiculous” and insisted they “should be ignored.”
On Monday, Napolitano was absent during the network’s coverage of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. The judge hasn’t been seen on the network since his column ran last Thursday.
Trump had recently referred to Napolitano as a “very talented lawyer” during a news conference on Friday with German chancellor Angela Merkel where the president was asked about the wiretapping claims. “You shouldn’t be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox News,” Trump said.
However, on that same day Fox News anchor Shepard Smith denied Napolitano’s claim, distancing the network from the unverified reports of British collusion and espionage. “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,” Smith told viewers on his show on Friday.
A request for comment from Fox News was not immediately returned.
Excerpt from Judge Napolitano
Sources have told Fox News that the British foreign surveillance service, the Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ, most likely provided Obama with transcripts of Trump’s calls. The NSA has given GCHQ full 24/7 access to its computers, so GCHQ — a foreign intelligence agency that, like the NSA, operates outside our constitutional norms — has the digital versions of all electronic communications made in America in 2016, including Trump’s. So by bypassing all American intelligence services, Obama would have had access to what he wanted with no Obama administration fingerprints.
Thus, when senior American intelligence officials denied that their agencies knew about this, they were probably being truthful. Adding to this ominous scenario is the fact that three days after Trump’s inauguration, the head of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, abruptly resigned, stating that he wished to spend more time with his family.
I hope the investigations of Trump’s allegation discover and reveal the truth — whatever it is. But the lesson here is terribly serious. We face the gravest threat to personal liberty since the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 proscribed criticism of the government. We have an unelected, unnamed, unaccountable elite group in the intelligence community manipulating the president at will and possessing intimate, detailed knowledge about all of us that it can reveal. We have statutes that have given the president unconstitutional powers that have apparently been used. And we have judges on secret courts facilitating all this as if the Constitution didn’t exist.
For how much longer will we have freedom?
Fox News, like the rest, is controlled opposition. It looks like Judge Napolitano stepped off the plantation and is being punished for it. You have to wonder if he’ll return and when he does, whether he’s been “counseled” to stick with the narrative.