Fox News judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano was back on the air as a contributor Wednesday after a ten-day suspension, standing by his claim that Obama used a British intelligence organization to spy on then president-elect Trump.
“Yes, I do and the sources stand by it,” Napolitano told host Bill Hemmer when asked if he was sticking to the story. “And the American public needs to know more about this rather than less because a lot of the government surveillance authority will expire in the fall and 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 the Congress’ decision will be.”
Napolitano later said that “a lot more is going to come” on the issue.
The judge dropped his bombshell on Fox News March 13, saying that “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.”
Instead, Napolitano said, Obama used GCHQ, a British intelligence and security organization that has 24-7 access to the NSA database.
“There’s no American fingerprints on this,” Napolitano said. “What happened to the guy who ordered this? Resigned three days after Donald Trump was inaugurated.”
“He used GCHQ. What is that? It’s the initials for the British intelligence-finding agency,” Napolitano said on Fox. “So, simply by having two people saying to them president needs transcripts of conversations involving candidate Trump’s conversations, involving President-elect Trump, he’s able to get it and there’s no American fingerprints on this.”
After White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer repeated Napolitano’s claim during a press briefing, the British government denied having anything to do with spying on Trump, calling the allegation “off the scale crazy” and “very hard to understand.” National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers also denied Napolitano’s assertions. According to the Daily Mail, Spicer and General McMaster, the U.S. national security adviser, later apologized for repeating the claims.
Napolitano was temporarily suspended from Fox News soon after that.