What’s the punishment for making the bogus claim that one of the United States’ closest allies has been spying on the president-elect? For Fox News commentator Andrew Napolitano, it’s a suspension lasting little over a week.
Napolitano was back on the Fox News airwaves Wednesday, telling Bill Hemmer that he stood by his assertion that GCHQ — a British intelligence agency — was spying on U.S. politicians.
Here’s the transcript, thanks to Media Matters:
Bill Hemmer (co-host): With me now, Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano. And judge nice to see you.
Andrew Napolitano: Good to see you.
Hemmer: Good morning to you. You’ve had a few quiet days.
Napolitano: Yes I have.
Hemmer: You likely needed them.
Hemmer: Before we get to the case facing the former congressman of Illinois, you put out a statement, I think it was 10 days ago —
Hemmer: Saying you were confident in the story that you reported here in the past month.
Hemmer: You still stand by that or —
Napolitano: Yes, I do, and the sources stand by it. And the American public needs to know more about this rather than less because a lot of the government surveillance authorities will expire in the fall and there’ll 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 Congress’ decisions will be.
Hemmer: So no change then?
Hemmer: And we’ll see how this story plays out, in time.
Napolitano: We will. Yeah. I think a lot more is going to come.
Napolitano was on another Fox show just minutes later, according to TV Newser, this time on Fox Business.