Jeanine Pirro found an unusual target for the White House scandal surrounding former Trump aide Rob Porter: President Barack Obama.
The retired judge kicked off her Saturday show on Fox News by offering a detailed defense of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s handling of Porter, who was forced to resign after accusations of domestic abuse against both of his ex-wives.
“So, for everyone who’s looking for someone to blame, chill out,” she said.
“You want to stop a four-star general who is running the White House, who believes in chain of command, who makes a decision within 40 minutes, because you hate President Trump? Find another scapegoat. You might want to look at the last president,” she said, offering no further explanation.
Later in the show, another disgruntled former Trump White House staffer, Sebastian Gorka, claimed that federal officials may have deliberately slowed down security-clearance reviews that would have caught the red flags in Porter’s record sooner.
“If they want to gum up the works and make the Trump administration’s job harder and harder, they play bureaucratic slow rolls,” Gorka said, offering no evidence that had occurred.
“It might be a deliberate minefield put in place where they know somebody like this has skeletons in their closet and they slow-roll everything to make things like this explode a few months later,” he added.
For Pirro’s part, she did not seek to defend Porter himself — or back up Trump’s apparent defense of his former aide.
“You want to blame someone, blame the batterer,” she said in her opening monologue. “He doesn’t walk around with a scarlet letter or a sign on his forehead that says, ‘I beat women.’ He is cunning and clever and presents himself as a charming individual who’s a Rhodes Scholar with a Harvard degree.”
Still, Pirro quickly came under fire online for her comments suggesting that Obama was somehow to blame.
If Jeanine Pirro can blame Barack Obama for Rob Porter beating his wives, then I blame Jeanine Pirro for Donald Trump assaulting 19 women! LOCK HER UP! @JudgeJeanine
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) February 11, 2018
Who does Fox News blame for Trump harborin’ serial domestic abuser, Rob Porter?
You guessed it! The black guy!https://t.co/ykO9fIg1AP
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) February 11, 2018
Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, inexplicably and yet somehow predictably, blames Barack Obama for Rob Porter wife-beating scandal https://t.co/sN284yrEqh#SundayMorning#AMJoy pic.twitter.com/WNhzI0vUpv
— Holly Figueroa O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) February 11, 2018
Jeanine Pirro: Listen up, Cruella. Blaming Obama for Rob Porter is like blaming Hillary for colluding with Russia, blaming gay sex for hurricanes, blaming conservative FBI agents for vast pinko liberal conspiracies. Wait, I’m seeing a god damn pattern here.
— ????Aiden Wolfe (@AidenWolfe) February 11, 2018
Jeanine Pirro telling ppl to blame Obama and not 4-star [former] Gen John Kelly for Rob Porter, is beyond weird. It doesn’t even make any type of sense. What does Obama have to do w/ Trump’s aide not having a security clearance & beating his wife? How does she still have a show?
— ✊???? Happy #BlackHistoryMonth from Resistance Zone (@ResistanceZone) February 11, 2018
So the white man beats up on the white women and it’s Obama’s fault. Jeanine Pirro you should be ashamed of your, you were a prosecutor and you’re spewing false accusations like that. Someone needs to check on your pass history as a prosecutor. Did you falsely accuse someone.
— Elizabeth (@Elizabeth904397) February 11, 2018
The turnover in the Trump administration continues.
Michael Flynn resigned in February 2017 as President Trump’s national security adviser after less than a month in the position.
The move came after Flynn admitted he gave “incomplete information” about a call he had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. last December regarding sanctions against Russia, The New York Times reported, and that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about the conversation.
Months after getting personal assurance from the president that he would remain in his job as a top federal prosecutor, Bharara was asked to submit his resignation in March 2017.
“Had I not been fired, and had Donald Trump continued to cultivate a direct personal relationship with me, it’s my strong belief at some point, given the history, the president of the United States would’ve asked me to do something inappropriate,” Bharara said on his podcast.
President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017 over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Trump’s decision was based on the recommendation of both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to Spicer.
Michael Dubke, the first communications director in the Trump White House, resigned in May 2017 in the midst of ongoing blowback for the president’s handling of the firing of James Comey.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned in late July 2017 when Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.
According to the New York Times, which first broke the news, Spicer told President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of New York financier and former Fox Business host Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.
Priebus was ousted from his position as White House Chief of Staff in July 2017, when Donald Trump hired General John Kelly to take his place.
“I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American,” Trump said in a tweet.
“I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country,” Trump went on to say in a separate tweet. “We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!”
Scaramucci was the White House Communications Director for 10 days last summer and is now infamous for a wild, expletive-filled interview with The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza. He announced in late September week that he will launch his own media website, called The Scaramucci Post.
Sebastian Gorka announced his decision to exit his role as deputy assistant to the POTUS in a letter to the president in late August 2017.
“[G]iven recent events, it is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are – for now – ascendant within the White House,” Gorka wrote in the letter, obtained by the Federalist. “As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.”
White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was reportedly fired in August 2017, though he insists he resigned July 27 — giving two weeks’ notice — but his leaving was put off because of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. He returned to Breitbart News, where he vows to go to “war” for Trump.
Following a week-long scandal over his lavish use of private jets while traveling on government business, Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price resigned on September 29.
“Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas Price offered his resignation earlier today and the President accepted,” the White House said in a statement. “The President intends to designate Don J. Wright of Virginia to serve as Acting Secretary, effective at 11:59 p.m. on September 29, 2017.”
Former “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned in December “to pursue other opportunities,” according to a White House press release. Trump thanked her for In February 2018, she became a contestant on “Celebrity Big Brother,” and bashed Trump in the first episode.
Centers for Disease Control director Brenda Fitzgerald resigned in January 2018 after a Politico report that she bought shares in a tobacco company one month into her role.
Staff secretary Rob Porter left the White House in February 2018 after his two ex-wives both detailed accusations of domestic abuse. Reports emerged that senior aides knew about the allegations for months but did nothing until more details came out to the public, sparking backlash. Trump praised Porter’s character and reiterated that he had proclaimed his innocence.
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Three staffers have left in the last month
The turnover in the Trump administration continues.
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