Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano is back and he insists he was right. Napolitano, who was off the air briefly after claiming that British intelligence agents were involved in wiretapping President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, made his return to Fox Wednesday as a guest on America’s Newsroom.
Napolitano had said that former President Barack Obama initiated surveillance of Trump, and was able to circumvent American rules by using British agents. British leaders were enraged by the claim, for which no evidence has been produced.
“Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct ‘wire tapping’ against the then President Elect are nonsense. They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored,” the UK Government Communications Headquarters said in a statement.
Napolitano was then put on hiatus from Fox News for what was termed an indefinite period of time.
When he returned on Wednesday, Fox’s Bill Hemmer brought up the report that put Napolitano in hot water.
“You still stand by that?” Hemmer asked.
“Yes I do, and the sources stand by it and the American public needs to know more about this rather than less because a lot of the government surveillance authorities will expire in the fall,” Napolitano said.
“There will be a great debate about how much authority we want the government to have to surveil us and the more the American public knows about this the more informed their and Congress’ decisions will be,” he said.
Although Napolitano did not offer more details, he indicated they will emerge.
“I think a lot more is going to come,” he said.
Many on Twitter sided with the former judge.
— Nanas_Rant (@NANAS_RANT) March 29, 2017
@dogcicle Equally important-Napolitano stands behind what he said about Trump being surveilled & how he was surveilled!FBI/Obamas dirty!!!
— jebby (@janconcern) March 29, 2017
Judge Napolitano is back and he is standing by his story. I completely believe him, this is going to be big.
— Bill Powers (@BillPowers9) March 29, 2017
Napolitano’s initial comments made waves in part because they were cited by the White House to buttress Trump’s position that Obama had Trump Tower under surveillance.
“Judge Andrew Napolitano made the following statement, quote, ‘Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command,’” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said during a daily press briefing last week.
Trump also had made reference to Napolitano’s comments.
“All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television,” Trump said.
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