Source for Fox’s claim that Britain wiretapped Trump also pushed Michelle Obama ‘whitey’ tape rumor

There have been many odd and unsubstantiated claims throughout the fictitious wiretapping scandal of 2017, a baseless conspiracy which has been derived from extremely questionable reporting. Among the more outrageous claims is that, in order to get around the fact that it’s illegal for the president to order surveillance on an American citizen, President Obama asked British intelligence to wiretap Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign. To be perfectly clear, there is zero evidence this ever happened, despite popping up on Fox News on Tuesday and subsequently being mentioned by President Trump.

The accusation was made on “Fox and Friends” by Andrew Napolitano, a contributor to the network. Trump ended up repeating this claim and pissing off the British of all people. So, for those keeping score at home, Trump has effortlessly managed to strain U.S. relations with sovereign allies Britain, Mexico, Germany, Australia — whom am I forgetting?

Anyway, on Friday, Fox News’ Shepard Smith fact-checked Trump’s claim on the air: “Fox News cannot confirm Judge Napolitano’s commentary. Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now-president of the United States was surveilled at any time, any way. Full stop.”

Napolitano’s claim apparently came in part from Larry C. Johnson, who told The New York Times he was one of the three sources Napolitano cited on Tuesday. Johnson is the person who claimed back in 2008 that there was a videotape of Michelle Obama using the word “whitey” to insult white people. There is, once again, zero evidence to suggest such a tape exists. Despite this, Johnson still claims the British wiretap story is 100 percent real and says he got his information from American intelligence sources.

It would be strange if that were the case, though, considering no part of this story beyond a FISA request from the FBI has ever been confirmed and both congressional intelligence committees have publicly stated they’ve not found any evidence to support Trump’s assertion.

Still, Trump refuses to back down. We’ll probably be talking about this for the rest of our lives.

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