Edition: Global  
One News Page
“Probably the fastest-access news portal in the world”
> >

Fox News Contradicts Its Own Contributor on Wiretapping

Duration: 02:02s - Published: < > Embed
News video: Fox News Contradicts Its Own Contributor on WiretappingFox News walked back a network contributor's accusations that the Obama administration used a British spy agency to wiretap Donald Trump.

0
shares
Share on
Facebook
Share on
Twitter
Post on 
Reddit
Share by
Email
 

Transcript: Fox News Contradicts Its Own Contributor on Wiretapping

Fox News contributor  Judge Andrew Napolitano  has repeatedly claimed, without proof, that former President Barack Obama could have asked British intelligence to spy on President Donald Trump. "Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command," Fox News contributor and senior judicial analyst  Judge Andrew Napolitano said  on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday morning. "He used GCHQ.

What the heck is GCHQ?

That's the initials for the British spying agency." But now, Fox News appears to be fighting the slippery slope that is news commentary vs. news reporting and later walked back those claims. "Fox News cannot confirm Judge Napolitano's commentary," anchor  Shepard Smith said  Friday. "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." Napolitano referenced the claims multiple times. "Did Barack Obama spy on Donald Trump when President Obama was in the White House and President Trump was Mr.

Trump running for office?" Napolitano said. "Well, we don't really know the answer to that." Napolitano also said: "Sources have told Fox News that President Obama could very easily have and probably did use a foreign intelligence service to gather this information for him. ...

The probable culprit here is GCHQ." What he said got enough attention that White House press secretary Sean Spicer  repeated it .

SEE MORE: Who's This Swedish 'National Security Advisor' On Fox News?

But Napolitano hasn't provided any proof.

Instead, his claim focuses on what his sources suspect could have been possible.

And though he hasn't said who his sources are,  The New York Times reported  that Larry C.

Johnson, a former CIA employee who  left government work  15 years before Obama took office, is one of them.

Johnson's credibility as an intelligence insider  has been questioned  before.  In a blog post , he denied giving information to Napolitano but said information he gathered about "the possibility" of British officials spying on Trump affiliates had been passed to Napolitano by someone else.

The lack of evidence  was enough to force  Fox News' Shepard Smith to denounce Napolitano's claims.

GCHQ also  issued a rare statement  and called the accusations "nonsense." Other U.K. officials also condemned the allegations and said the White House said it wouldn't repeat them.

But Trump, still without evidence, has stood by his claim that Obama ordered his phones tapped. "That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox,"  Trump said  at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "And, so, you shouldn't be talking to me; you should be talking to Fox."



Recent related news

Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News Channel, dies at 77

Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News Channel, dies at 77Roger Ailes, a former U.S. presidential adviser who started the Fox News Channel to promote a...
WorldNews - Front PageAlso reported by •NewsmaxHuffington Post


Attorney wants Fox claimants unmuzzled

The attorney representing 21 Fox News employees who allege they suffered racial discrimination and...
bizjournals - Business

Fox News Contributor Apologizes For Calling Boy With Autism A 'Snowflake'

Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce is apologizing for comments she made about a 10-year-old boy who...
Huffington Post - WorldAlso reported by •Raw StoryMediaite


Is This Fox News Host Replacing Sean Spicer??

Is Sean Spicer getting the ax? On Friday, the NY Times reported that Donald Trump had suggested "Fox...
Perez Hilton - Celebrities

Fox News faces three more lawsuits

Three women have come forward with new claims of discrimination against Fox News, NBC reports,...
bizjournals - BusinessAlso reported by •Huffington Post


‘Are we still airing that sh*t?’: Fox News staffers melting down over Hannity’s conspiracy theories

To the chagrin of his fellow employees, Fox News host Sean Hannity continues to peddle a debunked...
Raw Story - US

Fox News Downplays Rumors Kimberly Guilfoyle Is Replacing Sean Spicer — But Her Own Response Is Much Less Convincing…

Kimberly Guilfoyle didn't start rumors she was going to replace Sean Spicer as White House Press...
Perez Hilton - Celebrities

In One Tweet, Laurie Dhue Destroys Geraldo Rivera and Fox News — And Then She Deleted It

In One Tweet, Laurie Dhue Destroys Geraldo Rivera and Fox News — And Then She Deleted ItToday has been a banner day for Geraldo Rivera‘s Twitter account! First, the Donald Trump‘s son...
Mediaite - Entertainment

Former Fox News executive Roger Ailes dead at 77

Former Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has died, the network announced on Twitter this morning....
Denver Post - US

Covering Russia: What CNN And Fox News Media Review Shows Omit – Analysis

US attitudes towards Russia bring to mind the overall poor coverage of that country on the leading...
Eurasia Review - World


You Might Like

Environmentally friendly: One News Page is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2017 One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.  |  About us  |  Disclaimer  |  Press Room  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Privacy Policy  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  Help  |  Contact us  |  DMCA / Content Removal
How are we doing? Send us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter   FIND us on Google+