Fox News pulls Napolitano after his Trump wiretap claims
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 21, 2017,
Mar 21, 2017, 13:07
You shouldn't be talking to me.
"Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct "wire tapping" against the then President Elect are nonsense", said a spokesman for the agency, which rarely comments publicly on its operations. Shortly before inauguration day, Napolitano had a one-on-one meeting with Trump about Supreme Court nomination possibilities.
Asked about whether Obama was personally upset by Trump's wiretap claim - which has been rebutted by congressional officials from both parties with knowledge of ongoing law enforcement and intelligence investigations - Mastromonaco described frustration she said past staffers had with the new president.
But if Obama did order the NSA to prepare transcripts of Trump's conversations last fall under the pretext of national security - to find out whether Trump was communicating with the Russians would have been a good excuse - there would exist somewhere a record of such an order. He appeared on the network earlier this month after Trump tweeted his wiretapping claim.
GCHQ rejected Napolitano's claims that it helped surveil Trump for Obama in 2016.
In a White House press briefing Monday, one reporter questioned press secretary Sean Spicer about Trump's golf habits, which are on pace to far outstrip Obama's time on the golf course while president.
FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election. The British spy agency sharply denounced Napolitano's allegations, saying they are "utterly ridiculous and should be ignored". "I just wish he used it productively to make deals with Congress!"
"All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for that on television", he said.
"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", Mr. Smith said.
For his part, Napolitano continued to defend his comments on Fox News' MediaBuzz on Sunday, saying that he "reported what the sources told me, reported it accurately and I do believe the substance of what they told me".