Fox News’ Judge Napolitano has been benched indefinitely over wiretapping claims (UPDATED: Maybe not?)

Fox News’ Judge Napolitano has been benched indefinitely over wiretapping claims (UPDATED: Maybe not?)
Judge Andrew Napolitano, the senior judicial analyst for Fox News, arrives at Trump Tower in New York on December 15, 2016. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

UPDATED: Mediaite reports that a Fox News “source” is denying this report. TheBlaze has reached out to Fox News for clarification and will update this story further when and if the company releases an official statement on the matter.

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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.”

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