Trump-Supporting Fox News Host Comes To Clinton’s Defense On FBI Letter (VIDEO)

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Outspoken Trump supporter and Fox News host Jeanine Pirro came to Hillary Clinton’s defense Saturday in a lengthy monologue criticizing FBI Director James Comey for what she suggested was his meddling in a presidential election.

“I support Donald Trump and I want him to win, but whether it’s Hillary Clinton or anyone else, Comey’s actions violate not only long-standing Justice Department policy, the directive of the person that he works under, the attorney general,” the former prosecutor said, “but even more important, the most fundamental rules of fairness and impartiality.”

Pirro was referring to a reported disagreement between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey. Lynch and many others are reported to believe Comey’s decision to release a vague letter announcing the discovery of emails “which appear to be pertinent” to the investigation of Clinton’s private email server was an improper move that risks unduly influencing the presidential election.

Pirro said the decision “both disgraces and politicizes the FBI and is symptomatic of all that is wrong in Washington.”

She also recalled her own experience with an investigation by the FBI and Justice Department shortly before she stood for election as a candidate for attorney general in New York. Nothing came of the investigation, Pirro said, except bad publicity as a result of an improper investigation.

“What was done to me in 2006 was wrong, and what happened to Hillary Clinton yesterday was equally wrong,” she said, reminding viewers that the FBI and DOJ have followed a long-standing policy of not commenting publicly on investigations in the 60 days before an election.

Pirro didn’t stand at Clinton’s defense for long, though. The real fault, she emphasized, lied with James Comey: “We wouldn’t be in this mess” if he’d conducted a “real” investigation of Clinton’s emails from the start, she said.

“Thanks to the Clintons,” she said, pondering aloud if a President Hillary Clinton could pardon herself for email crimes once in office, “here we go again.”

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