Fox News host Jeanine Pirro defended Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 election who promised him damaging information on then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, saying she would have done the same thing.
“As someone who’s run for office five times, if the Devil called me and said he wanted to set up a meeting to give me opposition research on my opponent, I’d be on the first trolley to Hell to get it,” Pirro said Sunday on “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”
“And any politician who tells you otherwise is a bald-faced liar.”
The Fox News host also defended Trump Jr. against accusations that he had broken a law by setting up the meeting.
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“There is no law that says a campaign cannot accept information from a foreign government,” Pirro said.
The Hill added:
The Federal Election Campaign Act makes it illegal for any foreign national to contribute, donate, or spend funds on any election in the United States by any foreign national. That includes foreign governments, political parties, corporations and individuals with foreign citizenship.
Trump Jr.’s meeting with the Russian lawyer, which was also attended by White House senior adviser and President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, took place at Trump Tower in June 2016.
Emails released by Trump Jr. last week between him and music publicist Rob Goldstone, who acted as an intermediary to set up the meeting, said the information the Kremlin-connected lawyer “would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”
“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” Goldstone wrote.
“If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” Trump Jr. replied before forwarding the full email chain to brother-in-law Jared Kushner and campaign chair Paul Manafort.