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Fox takes analyst off air after 'GCHQ bugging' report

Fox takes analyst off air after 'GCHQ bugging' report

"Despite the constant scrutiny and innuendo, there are no facts or evidence supporting these allegations, nor will there be".

"Nothing has changed", a White House official wrote in the email.

A Fox News spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment Monday night.

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Andrew Napolitano, a former Superior Court judge and Seton Hall adjunct professor, has been removed indefinitely from his post as an analyst on Fox News following widely discredited claims he made regarding surveillance directed against Donald Trump, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

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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 soon.

Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey also denied the suggestion made by Mr Trump in a tweet earlier this month that he had been bugged by Mr Obama.

But if Obama did order the NSA to prepare transcripts of Trump's conversations last fall under the pretext of national security - to find out whether Trump was communicating with the Russians would have been a good excuse - there would exist somewhere a record of such an order.

Napolita doubled down on his claims in a column for Fox News, writing that "by bypassing all American intelligence services, Obama would have had access to what he wanted".

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In response, the British spy agency called Napolitano's claims "utterly ridiculous", saying they "should be ignored".

But that did not stop Trump from bringing them up again. I didn't make an opinion on it.

REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstHe refused to apologise when asked by a reporter, saying: "All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television".

"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", Shepard Smith told viewers Friday.

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