(Slate) -- As Robert Mueller’s investigation seems to be heating up, voices on Fox are doing what they can to undermine not only his credibility, but the broader credibility of the FBI. As reported by the New York Times this weekend, Fox host Jeanine Pirro has actually taken that effort straight into the Oval Office. In a meeting on Nov. 1, according to the Times, Pirro ranted so vehemently to Trump about the investigation’s tactics that the president ultimately left the room.
On Saturday, Pirro brought some of that fire to the opening segment of her show. “There is a cleansing needed in our FBI and Department of Justice” she said. “It needs to be cleansed of individuals who should not just be fired, but who need to be taken out in handcuffs.” Those individuals included Mueller himself, former FBI deputy and acting director Andrew McCabe, whose wife received donations from the PAC of Virginia governor and longtime Clinton associate Terry McAuliffe, and FBI agent Peter Strzok, who has been the focus of the latest attempts to suggest the Mueller investigation is politically tainted. “I, for one, am tired of investigations—politicians posturing. Something more has to be done,” Pirro said. “The stench coming out of the Justice Department and the FBI is like that of a third-world country where money and bullies and clubs decide elections.”
As the Wall Street Journal noted in an editorial earlier this month, Strzok was reassigned from Mueller’s investigation over text messages critical of Trump that he sent during the 2016 election.
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