Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro stunned fans on Saturday when she took aim at Attorney General William Barr, at one point even referring to him as a “reptile,” as The Daily Beast reported.
Spurring Pirro’s onslaught was a comment Barr made Tuesday to the Associated Press.
“We need answers”
It was during her opening monologue on Saturday’s episode of Justice with Judge Jeanine that Pirro made clear she doesn’t agree with Barr’s assertion that, “to date,” the Department of Justice (DOJ) had “not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election.”
“Really?” Pirro countered, according to the Daily Beast. “It’s curious Barr, the head of the DOJ, would affirmatively make a statement regarding a pending investigation. As a former prosecutor for over three decades, I and virtually everyone similarly situated, know that DOJ guidelines do not allow comment on investigations.”
The Fox host went on to suggest that Barr has been an ineffective AG.
“You, Mr. Barr, are so deep in the swamp, you can’t see beyond your fellow reptiles,” she said. “You are not the exceptional leader needed at this exceptional time in history.
“We need answers. We need action. We need justice,” Pirro demanded, as the Daily Beast reported. Take a look:
I gotta say it’s pretty jarring when Jeanine Pirro ends her monologue in which she goes on a tear about Barr and then ends with a pause and polite request for people to share what they thought about it pic.twitter.com/IS3IDuFZ1i
— Daniel Chaitin (@danielchaitin7) December 6, 2020
“This is criminal stuff”
Of course, Pirro’s wasn’t the only ire that Barr earned for his comment to the Associated Press. President Donald Trump, too, was reportedly “furious” with Barr.
On Thursday, the president refused to answer a question about whether he still has confidence in the attorney general. “Ask me that in a number of weeks from now,” the president told reporters, according to Newsmax. “They should be looking at all of this fraud. This is not civil, he thought it was civil. This is not civil; this is criminal stuff. This is very bad, criminal stuff.”
The president added that Barr “hasn’t done anything,” calling his department’s inaction “a disappointment.”
The DOJ, for its part, has put out a statement clarifying Barr’s talk with the AP. “Some media outlets have incorrectly reported that the Department has concluded its investigation of election fraud and announced an affirmative finding of no fraud in the election,” a DOJ spokesperson said, according to Newsmax. “That is not what the Associated Press reported nor what the Attorney General stated. The Department will continue to receive and vigorously pursue all specific and credible allegations of fraud as expeditiously as possible.”