That rebuttal did not stop President Trump from citing Napolitano as a source again when he was asked about the wiretapping claims at a Friday news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Whitfield said she found it odd that Trump tried the shift the blame for his "wiretaps" scandal on to Fox News commentator Andrew Napolitano, given the "rather cozy relationship" the president enjoys with the network.
Napolitano, a Fox News analyst, is not scheduled to appear on the network in the near future, the Los Angeles Times reported, according to people familiar with the situation.
Judge Napolitano, the senior judicial analyst for Fox News and former New Jersey Superior Court judge, caused a stir last week when he claimed that the British foreign surveillance agency, the Government Communications Headquarters, "most likely" recorded Trump's phone calls and provided written transcripts to Obama.
Napolitano isn't backing down, saying Tuesday night on FBN (before this went wide via Spicer at the briefing): "Did the British CIA as I keep calling it, the GCHQ, actually do this?"
"You shouldn't be talking to me; you should be talking to Fox News", said Trump, who described Napolitano as "a very talented lawyer".
Trump told reporters Friday that if they wanted answers about the claims, they should be asking the judge, not him. "I didn't make an opinion on it".
In a statement read on the Fox News program "MediaBuzz" on Sunday, Napolitano defended his comments.
Stelter said, "What this ultimately comes down to is that President Trump is in some ways a Fox News presidency".
However, on that same day Fox News' anchor Shepard Smith denied Napolitano's claim, distancing the network from the unverified reports of British collusion and espionage.