Fox News’ Judge Jeanine is Trump’s new BFF — and may be backseat driving his attacks on Jeff Sessions
President Donald Trump has a new best friend in Fox News’ “Judge Jeanine” Pirro and it seems he trust her legal counsel more than he trusts his own attorney general.
A Thursday Daily Beast report revealed that Trump has consulted her privately for her thoughts on political and policy issues. The president isn’t the only Trump, however, his family has also sought out her counsel.
Six sources who have worked for Trump over the years called Pirro a kind of “Trump whisperer,” the Daily Beast wrote. One White House official specifically called her a “good friend and wartime ally.” He’s a regular viewer to her show “Justice” and Pirro has visited the White House and the West Wing on multiple occasions. Clips are known to circulate the White House, particularly a monologue from late March after the first Trumpcare vote in the House bombed. At the time, Pirro called for Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to resign.
In a report from The New York Times, it was revealed that Pirro was considered for the role of deputy attorney general. In the meeting, however, she blasted Jeff Sessions for refusing to investigate Hillary Clinton’s “Uranium One scandal.” She went on to encourage Trump to appoint a special counselor to further investigate his former political opponent, despite previous investigations into the matter, which yielded nothing.
A source that confirmed The Times story said that the two also discussed the president’s Russia troubles and the investigation. The two talked about Clinton, former President Barack Obama, former FBI Director James Comey and the “biased media” that allegedly hates Trump and his supporters.
“The family loves her, absolutely,” said one Republican close to the White House and Trump family, according to the Daily Beast. “When Eric and Lara had their new baby, she was messaging with them about how blessed they were.”
“I think she’s fantastic,” said Darrell Scott, a Cleveland pastor, who worked on Trump’s presidential transition team and still works with the White House. “Brilliant, articulate, friendly and a fast driver.”
Pirro was caught driving 119 miles per hour and ticketed by police this week. Pirro was also caught losing her cool with a colleague. Her excuse for the driving was that she was heading to her mother’s and didn’t realize how fast she was driving.
Pirro is a former district attorney for Westchester County and county judge.