A prominent cable news host contends President Trump and his campaign did not collude with Russia during the 2016 campaign, but Democrats and the media keep chasing the story to distract from what she considers the real conspiracy: the Obama administration trying to ensure Trump either would not get elected or would remain mired in scandal.
Former Westchester County, New York, prosecutor and judge Jeanine Pirro hosts “Justice with Judge Jeanine” on the Fox News Channel. She is also the author of the new book “Liars, Leakers, and Liberals: The Case Against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy.”
Pirro says the outrage over Trump’s comments about whether he believes Russia meddled in the 2016 campaign is a perfect example of the left trying to advance its narrative.
While Republican congressional leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, distanced themselves from Trump’s comments, Pirro says the liberal rage was par for the course.
“Anything Donald Trump says is going to cause the left to have a breakdown. Honestly, they’re just looking for something to complain about,” said Pirro.
Following Trump’s Tuesday statement that he does believe U.S. intelligence reports that Russia meddled in 2016, Pirro is ready to move on but she says the left cannot do the same.
“The president said, ‘Look, I misspoke.’ To me, that’s the end of that, but that’s not enough for the left. Look, the left is determined to disenfranchise the American voters, and the left is determined to make sure that everything the man does to make America great again is something that they think is anti-American or illegal or obstructionist,” said Pirro.
Pirro firmly believes the perpetual outrage is an intentional smokescreen to distract Americans from the real scandal.
“There is truth in the book as it relates to a collusion on the part of the Obama administration, who wanted to make sure that in the event that the unthinkable would happen and Donald Trump is elected president, they would have an insurance policy. That insurance policy is the Russia collusion investigation,” said Pirro.
She says the FBI’s refusal to refer charges against Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information on her private server shows objectivity was never the intent inside the Obama administration.
“It’s laughable, except that we’re talking about the presidency. We’re talking about dark forces in American history who are looking to take down a duly elected president,” said Pirro.
Pirro believes the make-up and conduct of Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation betrays an obvious agenda.
“Their mission is to find anything and everything. As they scour everything and as they try to squeeze father against son and lawyer against client, they are determined to find something.
“Will they? Who knows? All I know is, there’s no collusion with Russia, there’s no obstruction,” said Pirro.
She also says she can’t figure out Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Mueller probe. Pirro says on one hand, Rosenstein made the case to Trump for firing former FBI Director James Comey and then promptly created a special counsel to determine whether that firing constituted obstruction of justice.
Pirro, who once shared office space with Comey in New York, isn’t buying his public Boy Scout persona.
“This guy was called Cardinal Comey by his own people behind his back because he’s got this holier-than-thou approach. ‘I’m the good guy. I’m saintly,’ when it’s hogwash,” said Pirro.
She says the only collusion worth investigating should center on Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.
“The only collusion going on is Hillary Clinton selling 20 percent of America’s uranium to Russia, with a payback of $145 million into the Clinton Foundation and a $500,000 quick cash deposit for Bill’s 20-minute speech with a Kremlin-connected company. Nobody wants to talk about that stuff,” said Pirro.
Pirro will continue to focus much of her TV program on the issues. She admits the show was not conceived to address politics, but she’s eager to keep hammering away for as long as possible.
“Initially, I fully expected to be talking about crime (on her show), because that’s my wheelhouse. But to be honest with you, there’s more crime in Washington every day than there is in criminal courtrooms across this country,” said Pirro.
“I am in this for the long haul,” she said.