Fox News Pulls Judge Andrew Napolitano Over Trump Wiretap Claims (Report)

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Fox News has reportedly pulled senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano off the air over statements he made claiming President Barack Obama asked British intelligence officials to wiretap Trump Tower in an effort to spy on Donald Trump.

Napolitano was curiously absent from Fox’s coverage of the Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Neil Gorsuch on Monday, with sources telling the LA Times that Napolitano is not expected to appear on the network any time in the near future. He has not appeared on Fox News since last Thursday.

Fox News did not immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment.

Napolitano claimed both in a column for FoxNews.com and on the air that an unnamed source had told him that Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) performed surveillance on Trump at Obama’s request, backing up controversial statements made by Trump himself. However, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith was forced to walk back Napolitano’s statements on Friday, stating “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.”

Trump was asked about his wiretapping claims at a press conference last week with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, where he cited Napolitano as proof his claim was true. “All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television,” Trump said. “I didn’t make an opinion on it. That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox. And so you shouldn’t be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox.”

Earlier on Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed during a House Intelligence Committee hearing that the FBI does not have any evidence to support Trump’s claim that he was the subject of surveillance by the Obama administration. Comey also confirmed that the FBI is investigating “the nature of any links” between the Russians meddling in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign, the first time he has publicly acknowledged such a probe.

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  1. Debbie Cozza says:

    Since the time of Judge Andrew Napolitano’s indefinite suspension we have ALL heard and seen news reports to the contrary ! ! I hope you will see the error of your ways and bring back the best Judge you have on your network ! ! Of course Judge Jeanine Pierro is next in line. They are BOTH amazing people and the best at reporting truth and justice ! ! It is a shame FNC went the way they didi instead of supporting Judge Andrew Napolitano ! ! ! I am extremely disappointed in your action & reaction ! ! I hope he will be back ASAP ! ! !

  2. orionsaint says:

    Everyone on Fox News with a few exceptions is a menace to America.

  3. Joseph Shesman says:

    We want the judge back on the air! Judge Napolitano is one of the few true heros left on Fox News!

  4. To HELL with Rupert Murdock, the owner of FOX news. Murdock is a globalist FASCIST

  5. Jason says:

    Judge napalitano is vindicated!!!!?? We want him back NOW!,,,

  6. Alexandria says:

    You keep that scummy Shep (unprofessional) Smith, who everyone hates against a man who tells the truth. Your getting as scummy as CNN.

  7. phxfreddyii says:

    We all know what Napolitano said was true. Of course the power mad that populate government use ever tool at their disposal. That is obvious except to the leftard progs that are so stupid they deny the obvious.

  8. Bill B. says:

    Glad to see that the media is cleansing themselves of liars, but what to do about the one in the White House?!

    • Doris Will says:

      For a moment I thought I was in a time-warp. I thought Obama was out of the White House. Speaking of time, I have found to wait and listen until the real info rises to the top. For Example the Gold Star Muslim father, who caused a big deal, turns out The Clinton Campaign paid him $30,000. plus The Constitution he pulled out of his breast pocket to lend to Donald Trump , was purchased shortly before his appearance by a campaign worker. Hype rules supreme. A while later the fact that he was an Immigration Lawyer with financial problems and the campaign gave him $300,000.

  9. TheBride says:

    Not even Fox wants to go down that path. All the cables are struggling against this notion that they perpetrate false news. And that’s a good thing.

  10. very disappointed at Fox, The Judge was right and we the people know it.

    • jonn says:

      Stand for the Truth and go with the facts. Trump lied about wiretapping and he has no evidence to prove it. I as a Trump supporter telling you President Trump is a thin skin, and he has learned his lesson.

      • Maggie says:

        Are you standing by your statement? Funny…..let some time go by and it’s proven that Trump, along with other U.S. citizens, WAS wiretapped. Just because CNN, MSNBC and the mainstream network news outlets refused to report on this, the evidence has come to light and can’t be ignored.

    • Brandon says:

      How do “we the people know it”? My friends & I are all people and we don’t know it. You are just as delusional as your “president”.

    • The British are incensed at this and are calling for an apology from Trump as it is. Are you seriously accusing your greatest ally of this with no proof? That’s how far you’ll swallow rubbish from these people?

    • Christie says:

      I think in time Judge Napolitano will be vindicated- hard to find surveillance if looking for it is not a priority. And sources are going deeper underground no doubt.
      I’m encouraged by the sort of response I’m seeing here at Variety. Nice start to the day:)

  11. Steve Barr says:

    Hey Clouseau your Mango Mussolini is going down and all you Trump cockroaches are going to drown in your own bile.

  12. eddie willers says:

    If anybody should get the boot, it’s politically driven, flip-flopping James Comey. Makes me miss J. Edgar.

  13. SilentVelcro says:

    You’d think Russia would have supported Bernie Sanders if anyone. Didn’t he spend his honeymoon in Moscow? Obviously, Napolitano is correct.

  14. Sct says:

    Natl enquirer; headlines o going to prison secret service talks most corrupt pres.

    • Sct says:

      Omg the election was nov. It’s over you lost.
      Stupid stupid omg stupid waste of time.
      They admitted to monitoring when they made the accusation about Russians oooo big bad wolf Russians. it’s the US Posers posing as a foreign country. Stupid. It’s the o corruption, the disseminate of classified material. At the END of his term why wasn’t it during his own term because he’s going to prison with hrc.
      What do you think that lynch cover up was all about, threats and bribery.

      • Sct says:

        o and hrc biggest crooks in the world. 
        Self enrichment scammers. Lies to  americans meanwhile self dealing with foreign hostile governments. 

  15. JE Vizzusi says:

    When President Loco is impeached for collusion in a General Election his only friends left will be FOX News.

  16. Inspector clouseau says:

    Don’t blame Napalitano just blame Russia.After all Russia’s responsible for everything the liberal left can conjure up…Thunderstorms,tornados,earthquakes,weight gain,Hillary’s pant suits,dropped cell phone calls,bad tacos,illegal foreigners,Chicago gang murders,Super bowl teams losing and everything else that suits their pathetic bullshit.

    • The Truth says:

      Pathetic bullshit is precisely what Trump and his clown posse are constantly peddling, and you suck every bit of up with gusto. And your sick craving for bullshit continues unabated when even Fox News is finally smelling the stink.

      • Inspector clouseau says:

        Need more crying towels there snowflake? You lefty trash are the scourge of this country.

    • xibit says:

      Except for you. Only incest with demons can be blamed for you.

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