Fox News host defends Trump Jr.: I'd meet with the devil for opposition research

Fox News host Jeanine Pirro defended Donald TrumpDonald TrumpConway: Trump doesn't think he's lying on voter fraud, wiretap claims 'The Simpsons' turned down Trump guest appearance on show: producer GOP consultant: Kid Rock would be 'prohibitive favorite' if he enters Michigan Senate race MORE Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign who promised him damaging information on then-Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump: Democrats, Russians laughing at 'phony Russian Witch Hunt' Scaramucci makes Sunday shows debut with vow to stop WH leaks Trump backers eye GOP primary challenges for Flake, Heller MORE, 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.”

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The Fox News host also defended Trump Jr. against accusations that he had broken a law by setting up the meeting.

“There is no law that says a campaign cannot accept information from a foreign government,” Pirro said.

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. 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 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 had “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. He later forwarded the full email chain to Kushner and Manafort.