There goes the judge.
Fox News has taken former New Jersey Judge Andrew Napolitano off the air indefinitely, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.
Napolitano became controversial because of his claims on Fox News that it was British intelligence that wiretapped Trump Tower before the November election at the request of then-President Barack Obama, who was then provided with transcripts. The outrageous claims were apparently not verified in advance.
“By bypassing all American intelligence services,” Napolitano wrote on FoxNews.com, “Obama would have had access to what he wanted with no Obama administration fingerprints.”
Even worse, Napolitano subsequently said his report had been verified by Fox News. However, on Friday, Fox News’ Shepard Smith 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.”
Fox News has not confirmed that it’s Senior Judicial Analyst has been fired, or at least sidelined, but he has not been seen on the air since last Thursday. Normally, Napolitano would have been involved in today’s coverage of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
Napolitano also did not respond to a request for comment from the L.A. Times.
The claim by Napolitano became the center of an international incident after the British intelligence agency and government denied it emphatically.
That didn’t stop President Trump from claiming Napolitano was his source when he was asked about the wiretapping claims at a news conference on Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“You shouldn’t be talking to me,” said Trump, “you should be talking to Fox News.”
The entire affair has resulted in House and Senate inquiries, an FBI investigation and queries by other intelligence agencies, all of whom have denied Trump Tower was wiretapped by President Obama, the U.S. government or the British.
Trump has never apologized or said he was wrong, which has only compounded the bad publicity which now has spread to Fox News, where Napolitano is no longer being seen.