Senior judicial analyst for Fox News Judge Andrew Napolitano has reportedly been pulled from the network after making a number of controversial claims.
The former New Jersey Supreme Court judge wrote a lengthy opinion piece on the Fox News website referencing 'unknown sources' who told him that British Intelligence wiretapped Donald Trump's phones at the request of Barack Obama.
His unsubstantiated claims forced Fox to publicly backtrack - and Napolitano has not been seen on the network since the post was published on Thursday.
The former New Jersey Supreme Court judge wrote a lengthy opinion piece on the Fox News website referencing 'unknown sources' who told him that British Intelligence wiretapped Donald Trump's phones at the request of Barack Obama
Napolitano said in his article that the United Kingdom's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) 'most likely' listened in on Trump's conversations and provided former President Obama with transcripts of his conversations.
He continued: 'Obama would not have needed a warrant to authorize surveillance on Trump. Obama was the president and as such enjoyed authority under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to order surveillance on any person in America, without suspicion, probable cause or a warrant.'
He attributed his knowledge backing Trump's wiretapping claims to 'unknown sources,' the LA Times reported.
Johnson is the same man who propagated the baseless claim that Michelle Obama used a racial slur against white people that was caught on camera
However, it was previously revealed that Larry C. Johnson, a former CIA intelligence officer, was one of the 'unknown sources' who told Napolitano that Obama used the GCHQ to spy on Trump.
Johnson is the same man responsible for the baseless rumor that former First Lady Michelle Obama used a racial slur against white people that was caught on camera.
On the Fox program 'MediaBuzz,' a statement from the Judge was read, in which he said he 'reported what the sources told me, reported it accurately and I do believe the substance of what they told me.'
The GCHQ responded to Napolitano's claims on the same day, and called the statements 'nonsense' which were 'utterly untrue and should be ignored'.
News began to circulate about Napolitano's rumored dismissal after his noticeable absence during Fox's coverage of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, something he would usually be actively involved in.
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith on Friday was forced to distance the network from Napolitano's claims, saying: '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.'
Fox News was not immediately available to comment on Monday.