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Fox News pulls Napolitano after his Trump wiretap claims
The Hill ^ | March 20, 2017 | Rebecca Savransky

Posted on 03/20/2017 9:18:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Fox News has reportedly pulled Andrew Napolitano from the air indefinitely after he made claims that a British intelligence agency had wiretapped Trump Tower.

Napolitano, a Fox News analyst, is not scheduled to appear on the network in the near future, the Los Angeles Times reported, according to people familiar with the situation.

Last week, Napolitano made the claims about the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) spying on Trump at former President Barack Obama's behest.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer then quoted Napolitano's remarks while defending the president's claims earlier this month that the former president had wiretapped Trump Tower before the election. “Judge Andrew Napolitano made the following statement, quote, ‘Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command,’” Spicer said during a daily press briefing last week.

"'He didn’t use the [National Security Agency], he didn’t use the CIA ... he used GCHQ.'”

GCHQ rejected Napolitano's claims that it helped surveil Trump for Obama in 2016.

“Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct ‘wire tapping’ against the then President Elect are nonsense,” said a spokesman for the agency, which rarely comments publicly on its operations.

The president last Friday praised Napolitano during a press conference as a "very talented legal mind."

"We said nothing," Trump said when asked about the former judge's claims. "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 saying that on television," Trump said.

"That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox [News]. And so you shouldn't be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox."

Fox News host Shepard Smith also denied Friday that his network has information validating Napolitano's remarks, saying the network knows of "no evidence of any kind that the now-President of the United States was surveilled at any time in any way."


TOPICS: Politics; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: censorship; comey; foxnews; gchq; judgenap; napolitano; russia; silenced; trump; wiretapping

1 posted on 03/20/2017 9:18:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Napolitano was one of the few interesting presenters at FOX.

I don’t think they yet realize what a loss he will be.


2 posted on 03/20/2017 9:21:48 PM PDT by PGR88 (The)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is just to rich after all the fake speculation that Sheppard Smith has put out when he was supposedly reporting news.


3 posted on 03/20/2017 9:22:18 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Screw Fox. Obviously the Brits really did surveil Trump and pass the information over. Napolitano exposed it and they are pissed.
The 5 eyes program was supposed to be allies sharing signals intel during the cold war against an enemy, NOT a distributed domestic spying program.

We need a modern version of the Church Committee to gut the intel community and bring it to heel HARD. The fact is, they are operating in domestic politics.

Judge Napolitano just got punished for even talking about it.


4 posted on 03/20/2017 9:23:46 PM PDT by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who in our government put pressure on Fox News to sideline Napolitano?


5 posted on 03/20/2017 9:26:13 PM PDT by Timpanagos1
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Has anybody at the New York Times been suspended over the their wiretapping headline?

I hope the judge is not fired over this.


6 posted on 03/20/2017 9:26:45 PM PDT by Helicondelta (Deplorable)
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To: Timpanagos1

“Who in our government put pressure on Fox News to sideline Napolitano?”

I’m guessing that the Brits put pressure on Rupert Murdoch.


7 posted on 03/20/2017 9:29:13 PM PDT by Helicondelta (Deplorable)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What does FOX know and when did they know it?


8 posted on 03/20/2017 9:32:05 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (I tried being reasonable, I didn't like it. - Clint Eastwood)
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To: DesertRhino

I’m with you DesertRhino


9 posted on 03/20/2017 9:32:53 PM PDT by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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Judge Napolitano was one of the FEW strong legal voices on FN. He best be back soon. Fox News is starting again to look like MSNBC each day.


10 posted on 03/20/2017 9:33:41 PM PDT by IrishRoverMountain
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To: Helicondelta

You get flak over the target. Napolitano nailed it dead on about the Brits apparently.


11 posted on 03/20/2017 9:34:20 PM PDT by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If they Brits weren’t doing some kind of surveillance on President Trump, how did the Brit spy (Steele?) come up with all the commie BS he put in his report for the U.S. left wing “media”? I think FOX owes the judge and apology.


12 posted on 03/20/2017 9:35:18 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (I tried being reasonable, I didn't like it. - Clint Eastwood)
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To: DesertRhino

Excellent summation.


13 posted on 03/20/2017 9:35:44 PM PDT by Lopeover (The 2016 Election is about allegiance to the United States!)
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We have been drifting away from FOX NEWS, which I was at one time totally addicted to...no longer, thank goodness.

And have moved over to FOX BUSINESS NEWS. The Judge was often a guest on Lou Dobbs shows and Varney’s morning news shows..so we will miss him...

One reason we left FNC is because of the fruit cake Shep Smith...he actually made me ill...

So will give them a call tomorrow as I watch C-span and the Democrats trying to destroy the good SC Justice who will get approved even at all the hate the liberal dem’s throw...

DONE WITH FOX...

14 posted on 03/20/2017 9:39:57 PM PDT by haircutter (a)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Didn’t Comey admit today that they started an investigation of Trump last July.

And admitting they have no evidence is finally admitting they’re not a news organization.


15 posted on 03/20/2017 9:41:40 PM PDT by Terry Mross (Liver spots And blood thinners.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There has been no denial from 10 Downing street. All we have is a promise not to repeat the claim.

Napolitano seemed smart and to the point. I disagreed sometimes, but he was still smart and to the point.


16 posted on 03/20/2017 9:47:10 PM PDT by Fhios (Right now it looks like the condemned dragging their feet on the way to the gallows.)
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To: Terry Mross

The mutiny among agents at the FBI?-Didn’t happen.


17 posted on 03/20/2017 9:47:49 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

But they keep Geraldo and Sheppie, and hire Marie Haft, who haven’t told a truth yet.

The Murdoch boys are trying to become the next MSNBC.


18 posted on 03/20/2017 9:55:18 PM PDT by oldbill (ure wa)
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To: DesertRhino

This seems to be a third rail topic, they smacked Spicer for saying it and now this. Of course Fox is owned by an Australian and they’re pretty tight with the Brits, so that may be a factor too.

It’s a sure bet they didn’t pull Judge Nap for no reason, and the story isn’t going away.


19 posted on 03/20/2017 10:18:15 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: FlingWingFlyer

If they had surveillance why come up with a bunch of BS, instead of just telling the truth?


20 posted on 03/20/2017 10:21:19 PM PDT by FreedomStar3028 (Somebody has to step forward and do what is right because it is right, otherwise no one will follow.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Murdochs are walking a fine line over in UK with the their newspapers scandal. Brit govt probably threatened Murdochs.


21 posted on 03/20/2017 10:27:31 PM PDT by nhwingut (Trump Pence 16 - Blow Up DC)
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To: FreedomStar3028

“If they had surveillance why come up with a bunch of BS, instead of just telling the truth?”

Because their surveillance turned up NOTHING, so all they were left with was rumor and innuendo that something wrong was going on. If there was a hint that anyone in the Trump world was conspiring with Russia.... it would have been trumpeted everywhere.


22 posted on 03/20/2017 10:34:07 PM PDT by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up.)
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To: Terry Mross

The traitorous Comey admitted today that 1) “Sensitive cases” are briefed quarterly to the House/Senate Committees, DOJ, DNI and “some of the National Security Council (NSC). 2) Comey stated that despite starting the investigation 8 months ago Jun/July 16, “we” elected/chose not to brief the House/Senate Committees due to the “sensitive nature”. 3) Sometime recently, Comey and his lackey’s finally decided to brief our citizen representatives. 4) The FBI’s “Head of the Counter Intelligence Division” made the determination not to brief the quarterly “Sensitive Case” briefing. After being set straight by Congresswoman, Elise M. Stefanik about his lack of attention, his failing to ensure all pertinent government officials were aware of this “sensitive/serious/severe” situation, Comey finishes with an ad-lib mega omission...”Sometimes we want to keep it tight within the Executive Branch”.

Hello boys and Gals, if the former President of the United States, his senior staff, NSC and countless others in the Administration didn’t know, I kiss my own ass. They knew, they advocated and they egged it on.

Comey lied and in my opinion perjured himself. At a minimum, submit to a “full polly” along with all the other POS’s.

Review the film, challenge my take.


23 posted on 03/20/2017 10:55:25 PM PDT by RetAF_fedUP (Do not elect anyone not defending "America first" or protecting our country!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If they went to a former GCHQ agent to prepare the fake dossier on Trump, why wouldn’t they use them to tap his and his staff’s phones?


24 posted on 03/20/2017 11:00:10 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: haircutter

We’ve done the same—switched from Fox to FBN. Love Varney and Dobbs. We only flip over to Fox to catch Tucker and Hannity.

F & F, though they can be goofy sometimes as to their topics are still pretty solidly conservative. They had Judge Napolitano on often.

It’s my understanding that countries do this for each other routinely. When it would be imprudent for the US to spy on an American citizen, the agency involved will just ask the Brits to do it and vice versa. Nothing out of the ordinary.


25 posted on 03/20/2017 11:30:13 PM PDT by jazminerose (Adorable Deplorable)
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To: bigbob

Remember “yellowcake”? Brits helping goes back to FDR, but must remain hush hush.


26 posted on 03/20/2017 11:36:32 PM PDT by Poincare (Reality is not a fool.)
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To: Helicondelta

Your assumption could be correct. Didn’t we read a number of threads above information on Murdock and Skye TV and their performance in merry old England? http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3536592/posts


27 posted on 03/20/2017 11:54:25 PM PDT by V K Lee (If all the nations in the world are in debt, where did all the money go?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Right now Napolitano could get on any news program he likes, besides FOX.


28 posted on 03/20/2017 11:57:29 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Happy Nobama!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bump


29 posted on 03/21/2017 12:07:29 AM PDT by gattaca (Republicans believe every day is July 4, democrats believe every day is April 15. Ronald Reagan)
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To: RetAF_fedUP
"3) Sometime recently, Comey and his lackey’s finally decided to brief our citizen representatives. "

Ah, it was on a weekend about 3 or 4 weeks ago is my guess. Remember when he went up to the Senate on I think it was a Sunday and they left the building out of back doors and the buzz was they were white as a ghost?..... Am I the only one to make this connection?

30 posted on 03/21/2017 12:19:55 AM PDT by taildragger (Do you hear the people singing? The Song of Angry Men!....)
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To: taildragger

Feb. 17
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/comey-meets-senate-intelligence-committee

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/320161-comey-meets-with-intel-senators-amidst-russia-uproar


31 posted on 03/21/2017 12:37:47 AM PDT by V K Lee (If all the nations in the world are in debt, where did all the money go?)
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To: taildragger

There is also this story link regarding the same trail.
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2016/12/15/intelligence-agencies-refused-house-intelligence-committee-request-for-report-on-russian-hackers/


32 posted on 03/21/2017 12:56:38 AM PDT by V K Lee (If all the nations in the world are in debt, where did all the money go?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I stopped watching FOX about a year ago. I only watch One America News and radically cutting back on television in general.


33 posted on 03/21/2017 1:24:45 AM PDT by AdaGray
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To: bigbob

And Murdock at this time is in negations with British regulators regarding SKYe TV and control. Seems he would do a great deal in order his desires be fulfilled. See links in this thread

SMH, how deep does the skullduggery cut?


34 posted on 03/21/2017 1:34:20 AM PDT by V K Lee (If all the nations in the world are in debt, where did all the money go?)
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To: Timpanagos1

Nobody. Probably little Jimmy Murdock and his Clinton Climate Foundation wife. FOX was really a neutral show. Now it’s become totally lib. This was a warning shot to all the other presenters.


35 posted on 03/21/2017 1:57:40 AM PDT by ZULU (Particular circumstances can never be used to justify an act that is intrinsically evil.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Stopped watching FNC with the exception of Hannity, awhile back. Just watch FOX Business, maybe Nap will be on that show.


36 posted on 03/21/2017 3:40:14 AM PDT by duckman ( Not tired of winning!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It seems like they are all hiding behind the exact phrase “wire tapping,” which they don’t do anymore. Pretty clear from Wikileaks Vault 7 that trump has been under electronic surveillance for years.


37 posted on 03/21/2017 4:44:50 AM PDT by MIDad23
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If you have any doubt that the Brits, i.e., GCHQ, along with Australia, Canada and New Zealand are/were conducting electronic surveillance in the United States (and the United States, i.e., NSA, conducting electronic surveillance on all of them) Google “Project Echelon” and “FIVE EYES”...

The EVIDENCE that the Trump campaign and Trump’s associates were the targets of electronic surveillance is the very existence of a transcript of the conversation between Mike Flynn and Amb. Kislyak; there’s no other way to obtain that transcript. It’s entirely possible that the Brits did not provide the transcript of Mike Flynn’s conversation with Amb. Kislyak. It could have been New Zealand, Canada or Australia. Of course, it’s equally possible that it was a “rogue” (Read: Loyal to Obama) element of the US Intelligence Community or a law enforcement agency with the capability to intercept communications.


38 posted on 03/21/2017 5:10:05 AM PDT by ManHunter (You can run, but you'll only die tired... Army snipers: Reach out and touch someone)
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To: taildragger

I do recall pix and video of the lead FBI traitor slinking out of the White House that weekend day. 8 months and two missed “quarterly” briefings, Comey is now so virtuous

If this isn’t President Trump smoking out the “rats”, we are in so much trouble.

Peace...


39 posted on 03/21/2017 8:05:24 PM PDT by RetAF_fedUP (Do not elect anyone not defending "America first" or protecting our country!)
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To: ManHunter; 2ndDivisionVet; DesertRhino
Google “Project Echelon” and “FIVE EYES”...

ManHunter is correct. Obama used ECHELON to get the surveillance done. That is why there's not going to be any paper or digital "evidence" found.

It's also why all mention of this has been scrubbed from the MSM; the five participating nations cannot allow their populaces to become aware of this mechanism they've devised to circumvent their much-touted "civil protection" laws against domestic spying on their own citizens.

Napolitano will be lucky if the only consequences he suffers is being given a temporary time-out. And, unless Trump finds a living, breathing whistleblower witness willing to testify, he's going to be falsely impeached by fabricated "evidence".

40 posted on 03/21/2017 8:38:38 PM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mediaite reports that a Fox News “source” is denying this report.

http://www.mediaite.com/uncategorized/report-fox-news-pulls-judge-andrew-napolitano-following-trump-wiretap-comments/


41 posted on 03/21/2017 10:11:53 PM PDT by TBP (0bama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: TBP

http://cdn.newsbusters.org/styles/blog_body-100/s3/images/nyt_wiretap.jpg?itok=J8I0Qe7o


42 posted on 03/21/2017 10:21:18 PM PDT by TBP (0bama lies, Granny dies.)
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