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Napolitano returns to Fox, stands by claims about British surveillance of Trump

Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano has returned to the network and he still stands by his unfounded claim that former President Barack Obama used British intelligence services to spy on then-President-elect Donald Trump. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano returned to the cable network Wednesday after being taken off the air several days ago following his bombshell allegation that former President Barack Obama used British intelligence to spy on then-President-elect Donald Trump.

And Napolitano is standing by his claim for which he has yet to provide any evidence, despite the fact that the British government swiftly denied the claim that Obama utilized the United Kingdom’s British intel service, GCHQ, to spy on Trump.

Earlier this month, the Fox analyst said that three unnamed "intelligence sources” told him that the former president went “outside the chain of command” to ensure there would be no record of his spying on Trump.

Asked Wednesday if he still stands by his previous statement, Napolitano said, “Yes, I do, and the sources stand by it. And the American public needs to know more about this rather than less."

“A lot of the government surveillance authority will expire in the fall,” he continued, “and there will be a great debate about how much authority we want the government to have to surveil us, and the more the American public knows about this, the more informed their and the Congress’ decision will be.”

Instead of backing down on his previous accusations against the Obama administration, Napolitano promised that “a lot more is going to come” out on the issue.

A spokesperson for the British government did not immediately return TheBlaze’s request for comment.

Fox News denied headlines suggesting Napolitano had been suspended. Instead, the network said the contributor was merely “benched.”

Even though there has been no evidence to back up Napolitano’s claims, White House press secretary Sean Spicer  presented it to reporters to buttress Trump’s repeated claim that he was "wiretapped" by the Obama administration.

The British called the report “nonsense.” The BBC reported that the White House agreed to “not repeat” claims that U.K. intelligence services were used to spy on Trump.

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