According to the LA Times, Fox News judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano has been suspended from the network due to his comments centered around President Donald Trump’s wiretapping claims.
While the LA Times did not receive a statement from Fox about Napolitano’s status, anonymous sources claim that it will be a while before we see the judge again.
People familiar with the situation who could speak only on the condition of anonymity said Napolitano is not expected to be on Fox News Channel any time in the near future. Napolitano was not available for comment.
The controversy began with a tweet from Trump which stated that the Obama administration had him wiretapped. This lead to Napolitano claiming that three “intelligence sources” had told Fox News that President Barack Obama had bypassed using any U.S. security agencies by going to British intelligence agencies, so there would be no fingerprints. The British government absolutely denied these claims.
When both Trump and Press Secretary Sean Spicer began to quote Napolitano’s completely unsourced claims, Fox News host Shepherd Smith had to weigh in on the controversy and assure audiences that Fox News cannot confirm Napolitano’s claims due to having no evidence to support them.
Napolitano is standing by his comments however, saying he “reported what the sources told me, reported it accurately and I do believe the substance of what they told me.”