Reacting to the latest October Surprise, vocal Hillary Clinton foe Judge Jeanine Pirro somewhat surprisingly went to bat for Hillary Clinton.
In her fiery “opening statement” last night on FNC’s Justice with Judge Jeanine, Donald Trump supporter Pirro nonetheless blasted FBI Director James Comey for announcing in a letter to Congress that he was reopening the investigation into the Hillary Clinton email scandal. See video embedded below.
While no fan of Clinton, Pirro insisted that it’s too late in the election cycle for Comey to get a second bite at the apple.
“FBI Director Jim Comey’s announcement yesterday that he would again look into Hillary Clinton’s emails, after he announced on July 5 the conclusion of that very investigation saying ‘no reasonable prosecutor would indict,’ 11 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.”
“Now you know 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 longstanding Justice Department policy… but ever more important, the fundamental rules of fairness and impartiality.”
Judge Jeanine noted that she has some personal experience with the October Surprise political technique.
Pirro explained that wen she ran for New York attorney general in 2006 on the Republican ticket, her chances were undermined in the home stretch when the “mean-spirited” Justice Department and FBI publicly announced that she was under investigation.
Nothing ever came of it “except the adverse publicity cost me at the polls,” she added. “What was done to me in 2006 was wrong, and what was done to Hillary Clinton yesterday was equally wrong. 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. Announcements so close to elections have an impact … 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.”
As far as Comey’s motivation, Judge Jeanine alluded to widespread speculation that FBI agents were about to mutiny over his letting Clinton off the hook in July, so he was forced into acting when the NYPD in its unrelated sexting investigation allegedly found emails pertinent to the Clinton case on Anthony Weiner’s computer.
Had Comey conducted a real rather than sham investigation the first time around, Judge Jeanine argued, “we wouldn’t be in this mess …Hillary Clinton should have been indicted a long time ago.”
On July 5, Comey famously announced that he would not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton, even though she and her confidants “were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”
Historically, October Surprises usually go to the detriment of the Republican presidential hopeful. The Access Hollywood “locker-room talk” tape and the subsequent 24/7 media coverage obviously stalled Trump’s momentum. Who knows if another embarrassing tape or Trump revelation will drop in the last week of the campaign.
In 1992, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger was indicted four days before the election, which Republicans claim contributed to the defeat of President George H.W. Bush to challenger Bill Clinton, the then-Arkansas governor. The indictment was later thrown out.
In 2000, a few days before Election Day, Fox News broke the story of the George Bush 1976 DUI. “Bush ended up losing Maine to the Democrats the next Tuesday and several other states by narrow margins. Had the Republicans won those electoral votes, there would never have been any Florida recount, hanging chad controversy or Supreme Court case. Florida’s electoral votes wouldn’t have changed anything,” the Los Angeles Times recalled.
Later in the show, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway observed how Trump correctly predicted that Anthony Weiner, the disgraced ex-Congressman and Huma Abedin’s estranged husband, was a wild card in the investigation.
Last week, after the release of the James O’Keefe Project Veritas hidden-camera video about purported Democrat operatives allegedly inciting violence at Trump rallies, Judge Jeanine said that if she was still a prosecutor, she would indict those responsible “in three seconds.”
Separately, an ex-FBI official tells CNN that the agency is supposedly still conducting an intensive investigation into the Clinton Foundation over pay-to-play allegations.
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