Fox News' Jeanine Pirro Defends Trump's Foreign Power Comment, Slams Hillary Clinton For 'Illegally Spying'

Fox News host Jeanine Pirro opened her show Saturday by defending comments made by President Donald Trump regarding if he would notify the FBI if a foreign power offered damaging information on a political opponent.

Referring to reactions from Democrats as "orchestrated outrage" Pirro alleged that the Democratic Party doesn't actually care about reality, but are focused on hating Trump at all costs.

"Donald Trump is transparent, unlike other politicians, that's why he was elected. That's why people love him," the Justice with Judge Jeanine host said, adding that the left wants Americans to believe they would never listen to intel from a foreign power and then decide if they should call the FBI - the answer which Trump gave when questioned by ABC News' George Stephanopolus.

"Trump said he would do both, admitting 'hey, I think you may want to listen. There's nothing wrong with listening.' Obviously, you'd have to listen before deciding whether or not the information should go to the FBI, otherwise, you could be inundating the FBI with recommendations for lunch for foreign powers. The reaction though from the left was swift, certain and not at all surprising," Pirro said before broadcasting clips of several Democrats slamming the president for his comments.

However, several Republicans also expressed concern following Trump's ABC News interview, including South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham who is often considered a staunch supporter and ally of the president.

Speaking to Politico, Graham said he told Trump that the law was clear. "You can't take anything of value from a foreign government. He says, 'I didn't say I did.' I said: 'Sitting down and talking to somebody's not a crime, but it's probably not a good idea. ... I don't agree with you," Graham said.

Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson, Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford, Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner and North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis all expressed surprise or concern to Politico about the president's words, though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shrugged off the comments when speaking to Fox News on Thursday.
Pirro's monologue also took a swipe at Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) following Warner's attempt to introduce legislation that would require candidates to support contact from foreign powers, though it was blocked by Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn.
"Why now?," Pirro questioned. "Isn't it curious that now they want to make it illegal just so they can add another trinket to their Trump impeachment jar? For, ironically, the very thing they've been doing for years."
From there, Pirro turned her attention to Hillary Clinton, saying that Clinton and the Democratic National Committee had worked to spy on Trump with the help of foreign governments.
"She was in a campaign when she laundered money through a law firm - Perkins Coie - to Fusion GPS to hire a foreign spy to work with the Kremlin to create a false, fake, lying document that was illegally and knowingly presented to our most revered law enforcement agencies, to a highly respected court, to then illegally spy on an American citizen to get information on an opposing presidential candidate," Pirro said, referencing what is now known as a dossier compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.
Pirro then highlighted a speech made by former President Bill Clinton to a "Kremlin-connected" company for which he was paid $500,000, a $25 million donation from the Saudi Arabia government to the Clinton Foundation, and the sale of 20 percent of America's uranium supply to another Russian company, which Pirro said was followed by over $100 million in donations to the foundation.
Pirro's allegation of Clinton selling uranium to the now-Russian company Uranium One appear to originate from a book published in 2015 titled Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.
While the founder of Uranium One made a $131.3 million donation to the Clinton Foundation in 2006 and 2008, the contributions were prior to Clinton being appointed Secretary of State and years before the then-Canadian company was sold to a Russian company.
"You think all these took place without any conversations, without any meetings, without any exchange of information? Not that anyone from a foreign company has even offered me opposition research, but my position on it has been the same for years," Pirro added, before playing a clip of a July 2017 episode where the Fox News host admitted she would take any information offered to her by a foreign power.
"Well, the Devil never offered me anything, but now it's the Democrats dancing with him in their evil plot to subvert democracy and take down a president they simply hate," Pirro said after the clip aired as she ended her monologue.
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Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro delivers her opening monologue during her June 15, 2019 show. Fox News Channel
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