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Jeanine Pirro's 2016 Warning About Electing A President Under 'Criminal Investigations' Aged Awkwardly

Jeanine Pirro's 2016 warning to viewers against electing Hillary Clinton, claiming she'd be 'subject to ongoing criminal investgations,' is ironic considering Trump's current legal woes.

Fox News screenshot of Jeanine Pirro
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A resurfaced video clip of Fox News' Jeanine Pirro passionately arguing against the eligibility of Hillary Clinton to be president due to her email controversy has taken the internet by storm.

The clip, which dates back to just before the 2016 election, has gained new relevance as it circulates on social media in light of the legal challenges surrounding former President Donald Trump.

In it, Pirro vehemently contends that Clinton's use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State should disqualify her from the presidency. Pirro raises concerns about a leader being under continuous criminal investigation and potential indictment, arguing that it would undermine the credibility of the Oval Office.

As you can imagine, it hasn't aged well.

You can hear what Pirro said in the video below.

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Pirro said:

“We cannot have a country led by a president subject to ongoing criminal investigations, potential indictment, and never-ending hearings."
“We cannot have a president under that level of scrutiny that inevitably leads to even more questions and more investigations."
“And irrespective of what happens to her, whether she’s indicted or even guilty, it doesn’t matter. Her guilt is a moot point. She cannot take the Oval Office.”

Pirro's remarks raised the spectre of Benghazi and email investigations, which took place and cleared Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing.

As Secretary of State, Clinton responded to the Arab Spring by advocating military intervention in Libya but was harshly criticized by Republicans for the failure to prevent the 2012 Benghazi attack. However embassy security staff was cut by Republicans prior to the attack.

Her use of a private email server when she was Secretary of State was the subject of intense scrutiny. The emails were retrieved, not deleted as Republican rhetoric claims. No charges were filed against Clinton as it was deemed a procedural issue and not criminal.

By contrast, multiple members of the Trump administration were cited for using private servers, unsecured electronic devices and public apps for official White House communication.

Pirro was swiftly called out once her remarks resurfaced.

The renewed attention on the 2016 clip coincides with Trump's legal predicaments.

Pirro, who has consistently defended and praised Trump, faces questions about the consistency of her arguments. Trump is currently facing multiple felony trials, which contrasts sharply with Pirro's previous stance against a candidate under investigation or indictment.

Earlier this month, a grand jury in Georgia investigating Trump's attempts to overturn the 2020 election result handed up a criminal indictment that resulted in more charges for the ex-President.

Trump and 18 of his associates—including his attorney Rudy Giuliani and former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows—have been charged under Georgia's anti-racketeering law, marking the fourth time Trump has been indicted this year.