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Millions of Fox News viewers were delighted when Judge Andrew Napolitano returned to the network on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Napolitano has great insight into the inner workings of Washington, DC, particularly with regard to recent claims of surveillance of President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

On March 13, he said:

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 Department of Justice. He used GCHQ. What the heck is GCHQ? That’s the initials for the British spying agency. They have 24/7 access to the NSA database. So by simply having two people go to them saying, ‘President Obama needs transcripts of conversations involving candidate Trump, conversations involving president-elect Trump,’ he’s able to get it, and there’s no American fingerprints on this.

The Conservative Treehouse goes into the timeline thought to be behind the judge’s allegation.

On March 17, Media Matters, founded by the highly powerful Democrat operative David Brock, currently recovering from a heart attack, accused the judge of obtaining his ‘conspiracy theory’ from ‘Russian media’.

Napolitano repeated the claim on his Fox News show Napolitano’s Chambers, after which, many in the media thought the network fired him:

That story began with the Los Angeles Times on March 20:

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano is being kept off the air indefinitely amid the controversy over his unverified claims that British intelligence wiretapped Trump Tower at the behest of former President Obama.

Fox News did not respond to inquiries about Napolitano’s status Monday. Napolitano was conspicuously missing from the network’s coverage of the confirmation hearings on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch — an event in which he typically would have played a significant role. He has not been on the air since Thursday.

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.

A Twitter user picked up more detail about Napolitano’s allegations:

Note that the penultimate paragraph begins (emphases mine):

I hope the investigation of Trump’s allegation discover and reveal the truth — whatever it is.

And, in the first video above, he did say that we do not know for sure.

However, did Fox News actually suspend him? Roger Stone, a longtime friend of Trump, thought they did and said on his April 19 segment on the Alex Jones Show that the network should pay him for the week or so when he was off the air and issue him a formal apology.

Others ask if Fox News gave him a few days off when the issue got heated enough.

Or did Napolitano enjoy a scheduled holiday on his farm in New Jersey? The farm produces maple syrup. Tapping season closes between the end of March through the beginning of April.

Whatever happened, on Wednesday, March 29, Napolitano returned to the network, still standing by his controversial story. PJ Media reported the judge told host Bill Hemmer:

“And the American public needs to know more about this rather than less because a lot of the government surveillance authority will expire in the fall 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.”

Napolitano later said that “a lot more is going to come” on the issue.

The_Donald has more on the judge’s comments (start halfway down the page).

More posts on surveillance will follow.

In the meantime, you can read Napolitano’s views on Hillary Clinton’s emails (2016), who hacked them (2016) and the timing of these intermittent email drops by the FBI (January 2017).

The case continues.

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