Judge Jeanine Pirro can relate to Hillary Clinton in regard to FBI Director James Comey announcing that new emails related to Clinton’s private server have been found, but her stance is more of an indictment of Comey than it is support for the Democratic nominee.
…and it was personal for the former judge.
“Eleven days before one of the most hotly contested presidential elections of our time both disgraces and politicizes the FBI and is symptomatic of all that is wrong in Washington,” she said, before clarifying who she supports for president.
“You know I support Donald Trump and I want him to win,” Pirro said. “But whether it’s Hillary Clinton or anyone else, Comey’s actions violate not only longstanding Justice Department policy… but the most fundamental rules of fairness and impartiality.”
She then shared how she once faced a similar incident.
“Ten years ago, when I was a Republican conservative candidate for New York attorney general, in the home stretch of a statewide campaign, the Justice Department and the FBI violated their own policy against making public statements that would affect an election and announced to the press they were opening an investigation of me,” Pirro explained.
“It was mean-spirited and nothing came of it… except the adverse publicity cost me at the polls,” she continued. “What was done to me in 2006 was wrong and what happened to Hillary Clinton yesterday was equally wrong.”
Pirro equated Comey’s decision to the FBI “putting its finger on the scales of justice.”
“The Justice Department and the FBI’s policy to not comment publicly about politically sensitive investigations within 60 days of an election exists for a very important reason,” she said.
“Announcements so close to elections have an impact. Now this nation has already gone through an exhausting and traumatic campaign season,” Pirro concluded. “The FBI director should not now be front and center. One of the most revered agencies in our nation’s history, now seen as putting its finger on the scales of justice should not now be front and center.”
Pirro went on to explore some interesting reasons why Comey may have done what he did.
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