President Donald Trump just cannot let this wiretapping nonsense die, despite the House and Senate Intelligence committees, Paul Ryan, and the FBI all confirming that he’s a big fat liar.
His press secretary Sean Spicer claimed on Thursday that Barack Obama turned to Britain’s GCHQ intelligence agency to wiretap Trump Tower at the former president’s behest.
Where did Spicer get the bizarre idea? Trump was watching Fox and Friends again. A regular on that show, retired Judge Andrew Napolitano suggested that Britain’s GCHQ were the ones to carry out the wiretapping at Obama’s behest.
“He [Obama] may have gone to a British intelligence agency to seek external help, so as not to leave any evidence that a wiretap took place. … Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command. He didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA, he didn’t use the FBI, and he didn’t use the Department of Justice,” Napolitano said.
A Fox News darling, Napolitano is a pro-life libertarian, who also hosts right-wing talk radio show Freedom Watch.
GCHQ have called the allegations “utter nonsense” in a rare public statement, but the White House doubled down on the claim.
Instead of apologizing and shutting up, the White House have stuck to their guns.
Trump tried to joke about it at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was having none of it. Merkel’s reaction is hilarious:
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He then told the German reporter asking the question: “You should be talking to Fox.”
And so Fox News were forced to respond. Shep Smith, who’s had enough of Trump, said this:
Shep: “Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the president of the United States was surveilled at any time in any way, full stop.” pic.twitter.com/W3XkViL4ES
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) March 17, 2017
“Fox News cannot confirm Judge Napolitano’s commentary,” Smith said.
“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.”