Fox News contributor Judge Andrew Napolitano said Tuesday that Barack Obama collaborated with British intelligence to gather surveillance on Donald Trump. In an appearance on Fox & Friends, Napolitano said that Obama circumvented U.S. intelligence agencies – and, likely, the Constitution – so he could spy on the surging Trump campaign last year.
“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.”
“That’s the initials for the British spying agency,” the judge explained. “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 didn’t go into any further detail about this claim, but he did say that the man who gave the order to put Trump under surveillance “resigned three days after Trump was inaugurated.” It wasn’t clear if the judge was talking about an Obama administration official or someone in the British intelligence hierarchy.
If there’s a scintilla of truth to this, it’s a bombshell of the highest order. It would be, in fact, an ironic reversal of exactly what Democrats are accusing Trump of doing. Obama colluded with a foreign government for the purposes of interfering in our elections, violated the Fourth Amendment, and illegally spied on an American citizen. If any evidence comes forward to prove any of this, Obama is staring at a prison sentence.
Because the claim is so extraordinary, we’ll view it skeptically for the time being. Not that we would be surprised in the least to find out it was true, because the Obama administration proved time and again that it was not afraid to break the law if it satisfied their political needs. And Obama rarely encountered a NEED in the last eight years greater than his need to pass his legacy off to another Democrat. We’ll find out soon enough how far beyond the law he went to quench that desire.