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Fox News host tore into Sessions in private meeting with Trump: report
During a private meeting with President Trump, Fox News host Jeanine Pirro reportedly tore into Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his refusal thus far to appoint a special prosecutor to probe former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the Uranium One deal.
The New York Times reported Tuesday that Pirro met with Trump early this month, during which she "excoriated" the attorney general for not investigating Clinton, Trump's Democratic opponent in the 2016 presidential race.
The report follows weeks of critical coverage on Pirro's show, "Justice with Judge Jeanine," and elsewhere on Fox, of the 2016 deal that allowed a Russian nuclear agency to purchase Uranium One, a Canadian company that owns access to uranium in the U.S.
Clinton ran the State Department under former President Obama when the deal was approved by the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
Pirro has also called for an investigation into reports that former FBI Director James Comey began drafting a letter exonerating Clinton from wrongdoing for her use of a private email server while at the State Department months before the investigation concluded.
"Jeff Sessions needs to follow his prosecutorial instincts and open a federal criminal investigation into the actions of Hillary Rodham Clinton and impanel a grand jury immediately," Pirro said in a September episode of her show. "This woman should not get a free pass because she lost an election. Her reign was one of bold, brazen in your face pay-to-play corruption."
In a statement to the Times, Pirro confirmed that she had merely repeated these sentiments to Trump during their meeting.
"Everything I said to President Trump is exactly what I've vocalized on my show, 'Justice with Jeanine,'" she told the newspaper.
Sessions was confirmed in February after several contentious hearings. Previously, he served as a Republican senator from Alabama.
Trump himself has downplayed the likelihood that his administration will investigate Clinton, calling the 2016 election cycle "vicious."
"Look, I want to move forward, I don't want to move back," Trump said in November 2016. "And I don't want to hurt the Clintons. I really don't. She went through a lot. And suffered greatly in many different ways. And I am not looking to hurt them at all."