Judge Jeanine: We Can’t Have ‘President Subject to Ongoing Criminal Investigation’


Sincerest apologies to all that clicked on this with the frothing anticipation of Fox News’s Jeanine Pirro turning on President Donald Trump — these are instead comments the good judge made about Hillary Clinton days before the 2016 election.

Three days before election day in November, 2016, noted Fox News shrieker Pirro made a fiery case for voting against the Democratic candidate — who was under investigation at the time for her private email server.

“This is the most important election of your lifetime,” Pirro started, before presenting the vote as a decision with only one choice:

“Whether or not you like Hillary Rodham Clinton, or Donald J. Trump, doesn’t matter. There is only one person you can vote for. We cannot have a country led by a president subject to ongoing criminal investigations, potential indictment, and never ending hearings,” she said.

Now, if that imagined scenario sounds familiar, that’s because it should be: the current president finds his administration mired by a metastasizing investigation into its ties to Russia, marked by never ending hearings and a steady deluge of reports unearthing new facets to the scandal.

It is most definitely wishful thinking to assume Pirro would hold Trump to the same standards as Clinton, but it’s still delightful to re-watch her comments arguing that it doesn’t even matter whether Hillary was actual guilty, as scandal should itself be enough to keep someone from the White House:

We cannot have a president under that level of scrutiny that inevitably leads to even more questions and more investigations. And irrespective of what happens to her, whether she’s indicted or even guilty, it doesn’t matter. Her guilt is a moot point. She cannot take the Oval Office.

Pirro continued the wonderful tirade by arguing that “in any other business, when the head of a corporation is plagued by scandal, that person steps down, and is replaced.”

The Fox News anchor then asked how the “world is going to look at the United States, when a woman under federal criminal investigation, who has lied repeatedly to the American people, is elected.”

The Washington Post is keeping a running tally of President Trump’s “false and misleading claims,” which currently stands at 836 at just 181 days in office.

“Do you think they’ll take her at her word?” an outraged Pirro asked.

A Pew research poll out in June found that under the Trump administration, international perception of the United States has plummeted, from 64% favorable at the end of the Obama administration to 49% under Trump’s.

While 64% said at the end of Obama’s second term they had confidence in the U.S. president, only 22% have confidence in Trump, with a staggering 74% giving the new president a vote of “no confidence.”

Pirro continued: “Just think, we could have our own world joke, like ‘bunga bunga’ Prime Minister Berlusconi, under constant investigation while in office, and then sentenced to prison” — remember, too, that she uttered these words just weeks after the Access Hollywood recording was released, in which Trump claimed to enjoy sexually assaulting women.

“We need a commander and chief focused on daily briefings,” Pirro said, furiously jabbing her pen at the camera. “Not one, who along with her staff, is worried about her and her spouses investigation, and what leverage can be used to shut that investigation down.

Trump’s communications team has taken heavy quantities of flak for curtailing press access and limiting its on-camera briefings in the first few months of his administration.

Pirro also fretted that a Clinton White House would be “worried about what vulnerabilities they have, or whether or not they are being blackmailed or extorted.”

She then went on to list off a series Clinton controversies, also apparently suggesting the former president and first lady had people killed, noting the “people dying of all kinds of things along the way.”

Pirro finished her opening statement beating her fist on the table and crying that there is no choice but to vote for the candidate “who wants to make America great again.”

“You’ve got 72 hours, it’s up to you,” she concluded.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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