President Barack Obama is being accused of another politically-motivated bugging—this time, by keeping surveillance on the Supreme Court.
Judge Andrew Napolitano, a Fox News senior judicial analyst, dropped the bombshell during an interview with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo—claiming that the late Justice Antonin Scalia had confided in him that Obama was keeping surveillance on the Supreme Court.
“Justice Scalia told me that he often thought the Court was being surveilled,” Napolitano said. “He probably told me that about four or five years ago.”
“Wow,” said Bartiromo.
The allegation was part of a larger conversation about other people who were allegedly surveilled by the Obama Administration—namely, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) who ran in the 2016 Republican primary and was, early, considered a top-tier contender to face Hillary Clinton.
Obama often locked horns with the Supreme Court—brutally criticizing them for the Citizens United decision in his 2010 State of the Union address, as the Justices watched silently with their trademark expressionlessness.
Justice Samuel Alito attracted controversy by briefly breaking character, and mouthing, “Not true,” under his breath. Chief Justice John Roberts later called Obama’s comments “very troubling.”
Scalia passed away in February 2016, and isn’t around the clarify what type of surveillance he thought Obama was conducting, or what his evidence was. But if he and Napolitano were right—and Obama did, in fact, conduct surveillance on another equal branch of government like the Supreme Court—this could be another major case of illegal spying facing the former Administration.