Judge Andrew Napolitano returned to Fox News Wednesday as contributor after a being taken off air for several days, and he stood by his previous claim that British intelligence was asked by the Obama administration to spy on then-President-elect Trump.
"Yes, I do and the sources stand by it," Napolitano said when asked if he's sticking by the story. "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."
He added that "a lot more is going to come" on the issue.
A spokesperson for Fox told the Washington Examiner that Napolitano was not suspended, as was reported last week, but was merely "benched." The spokesperson did not clarify the difference when asked.
Two weeks ago, Napolitano attempted to bolster President Trump's own previous and unsubstantiated claim that the Obama administration had wiretapped him when he was transitioning into the White House.
"He used GCHQ. What is that? It's the initials for the British intelligence-finding agency," Napolitano said on Fox. "So, simply by having two people saying to them president needs transcripts of conversations involving candidate Trump's conversations, involving President-elect Trump, he's able to get it and there's no American fingerprints on this."
The claim was disputed by Fox daytime anchor Shepard Smith and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers has denied that U.S. intelligence had asked the British to conduct surveillance, and said that it would be against the law.
It was reported soon after that Fox had suspended Napolitano.