Election 2016

Trump-Loving Fox News Host Blasts FBI Head James Comey for 'Disgraceful' Meddling in Election

Jeanine Pirro: Comey violates "the most fundamental rules of fairness and impartiality.”

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Not every Trump supporter is relishing FBI Director James Comey's reinvestigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server. In fact, some outright condemn his actions, including Fox News host Jeanine Pirro. 

In a surprising turn of events, the Justice host criticized FBI Director James Comey for his announcement Friday, in which he stated plans for reinvestigating Hillary Clinton's private email server due to new material found on Anthony Weiner's confiscated laptop. 

"11 days before the most hotly contested elections of our time [Comey] disgraces and politicizes the FBI," Pirro opened, calling Comey's actions "symptomatic of all that is wrong in Washington."

“Comey’s actions violate, not only long-standing Justice Department policy, the directive of the person that he works under, the attorney general,” continued Pirro, “but even more important, the most fundamental rules of fairness and impartiality.”

Pirro also compared Clinton's battle with a personal one as she revealed the circumstances of her run New York attorney general in 2006. Then, Pirro's practices faced a DOJ investigation,which she called “mean-spirited."

"Of course, nothing came of it except the adverse publicity cost me at the polls,” the Judge revealed, with some tough talk for Trump-supporters suddenly applauding the Republican establishment. 

"What was done to me in 2006 was wrong, and what happened to Hillary Clinton was equally wrong,” Pirro added. “Now this nation has already gone through an exhausting and traumatic campaign season. The FBI director should not now be front and center.” 

But Pirro's not the only Republican blasting Comey's actions. Richard Painter was so frustrated he filed a Hatch Act violation complaint against the FBI director. 

“I have spent much of my career working on government ethics and lawyers’ ethics, including two and a half years as the chief White House ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, and I never thought that the F.B.I. could be dragged into a political circus surrounding one of its investigations,” Painter said in a New York Times op-ed published Sunday. “Until this week.”


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Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.