Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith called out the network’s legal analyst, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Friday by saying the network had no evidence to support Napolitano’s claim that a UK-based intelligence agency was responsible for spying on Trump Tower prior to the presidential election.
During an appearance Tuesday on Fox and Friends, Napolitano said “three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command” when he asked the UK’s Government Communication Headquarters to track Donald Trump.
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“Fox News cannot confirm Judge Napolitano’s commentary,” Smith told viewers. “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.”
“Of course, the president could learn first-hand whether the building in which he lives was wiretapped,” Smith added. “All he’d have to do is ask the intelligence services — they work for him.”
The GCHQ denied Napolitano’s claim — a claim that was repeated by White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
“Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct ‘wiretapping’ against the then-president elect are nonsense,” the agency said.
“They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.”
A spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May said allegations that British spies were used by the Obama administration for spying on Trump were “ridiculous,” and that the White House has assured May it will not repeat the allegation about the GCHQ’s involvement.
In a statement released Thursday, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Trump’s claims were not supported by any available evidence.
“Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016,” the committee said.
In a series of tweets on March, 4, President Trump accused the Obama administration of wiretapping Trump Tower during the presidential campaign.
Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis dismissed the wiretapping allegations. “Neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”