Vindicated: Judge Correct on British Intelligence Spying on Trump

In March, Judge Andrew Napolitano appeared on Fox News and declared that Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah turned to British spies to get surveillance on President Donald Trump.  He was shortly thereafter removed from the Fox News lineup.  Now, in an interesting turn of events, “very fake news” outlet CNN has come forward and confirmed much of Napolitano’s claims, by which he has stood.

Here’s what led to Napolitano being removed, mainly at the whining of Shepard Smith.

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“Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command,” Napolitano said.  “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.”

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“What the heck is GCHQ?” Napolitano asked.  “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,” Napolitano added.

Napolitano went on to state that the man who actually gave the surveillance order “resigned three days after Trump was inaugurated,” but failed to name the man.

The Judge stood by his claims in an op-ed on March 16.

On Thursday evening, Napolitano was vindicated by, of all people, CNN.  In a piece titled British intelligence passed Trump associates’ communications with Russians on to US counterparts, CNN seemed to confirm much of what Judge Napolitano said.

British and other European intelligence agencies intercepted communications between associates of Donald Trump and Russian officials and other Russian individuals during the campaign and passed on those communications to their US counterparts, US congressional and law enforcement and US and European intelligence sources tell CNN.

The communications were captured during routine surveillance of Russian officials and other Russians known to western intelligence. British and European intelligence agencies, including GCHQ, the British intelligence agency responsible for communications surveillance, were not proactively targeting members of the Trump team but rather picked up these communications during what’s known as “incidental collection,” these sources tell CNN.
The European intelligence agencies detected multiple communications over several months between the Trump associates and Russian individuals — and passed on that intelligence to the US. The US and Britain are part of the so-called “Five Eyes” agreement (along with Canada, Australia and New Zealand), which calls for open sharing among member nations of a broad range of intelligence.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer even cited Judge Napolitano’s statements as he spoke to reporters about the surveillance.
“Judge Andrew Napolitano made the following statement, quote, ‘Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command (to spy on Trump). He didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA … he used GCHQ,'” Spicer said.
Of course, this didn’t make the Brits happy.  GCHQ issued a statement:
“Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct ‘wire tapping’ against the then President-elect are nonsense. They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.”
Oh really?  It appears that while Trump may not have been the “subject” of the surveillance, Judge Napolitano was correct in what he said.
There is no doubt this will be scrutinized by the Senate Intelligence Committee’s ridiculous investigation into the allegations of Russia’s involvement in trying to influence the 2016 presidential elections.
“If foreign intelligence agencies share information with US intelligence, and it’s relevant to the investigation, then, of course, the intelligence committee will look at it,” a source close to the Senate investigation told CNN.
I’m thinking at this point that Shepard Smith and those who ridiculed Judge Napolitano should be summarily removed from the air.  Of course, I’ve thought that about Smith for a long time.  I wonder if the judge will even get an apology.
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