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Fox pulls Andrew Napolitano off air after GCHQ Trump wiretap claim

21 March 2017, 01:03 | Terri Saunders

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During questioning at today's House Intelligence hearing into Russian interference of the presidential election, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers was asked about the baseless claim repeated by the White House that British spy agency GCHQ was utilized by former President Barack Obama to wiretap President Donald Trump and associates prior to the election.

Last week, citing unnamed intelligence sources, Napolitano said the Government Communications Headquarters, a British government intelligence agency, conducted surveillance on President Trump at the behest of President Obama.

The report comes via anonymous sources close to the situation who also say Judge Nap isn't expected to appear on Fox News anytime soon.

Napolitano, a graduate of Princeton and Notre Dame, served on the bench from 1987 to 1995.

On Monday, FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress that he had "no evidence" supporting Trump's claims.

Napolita doubled down on his claims in a column for Fox News, writing that "by bypassing all American intelligence services, Obama would have had access to what he wanted".

"You saw him utilise this with Prime Minister Abe to help foster a deeper relationship in Asia and have a growing relationship that's going to help US interests", Spicer said.

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GCHQ made an extremely rare public denial, calling the claims "utterly ridiculous", and saying they "should be ignored". The White House on Monday denied allegations of collusion.

But that did not stop Trump from bringing them up again.

Josh Earnest, the last press secretary of the Obama administration, said earlier this month that there were rules prohibiting presidents from personally interfering in a Department of Justice investigation. I didn't make an opinion on it.

"All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for that on television", he said. You shouldn't be talking to me.

"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.

Rather than issue explicit corrections about Napolitano's reports, the network aired a series of brief updates on Friday, with news anchors saying things like "Fox News can not confirm Judge Napolitano's commentary".

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