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On Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump was asked about a report that he had been spied on by British intelligence. In a rare show of transparency, the Brits issued a public statement on the rumor and flatly denied they had ever spied on Trump while he was a candidate for president or after he had taken the Oath of Office. The claim was circulated by Fox News personality, Judge Andrew Napolitano.

Trump told reporters Friday that if they wanted answers about the claims, they should be asking the judge, not him.

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This put Fox News in a strange predicament where they had to choose between defending what was journalistically verifiable, and their colleague. Fox personality Bret Baier tried to do both during an appearance on Friday.

“We love the judge, we love him here at Fox, but the Fox News division was never able to back up those claims and was never reported on this show,” Baier said.

Baier then read a statement from the British government about the claim.

“We’ve made clear to the administration that these claims are ridiculous and they should be ignored.”

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