Pirro in Tears, Not Dropping Out

Pretty dramatic stuff at the Jeanine Pirro press conference at the Sheraton in midtown.

With a story set to break on WNBC, Pirro confirmed to a group of reporters that she iswas under investigation by federal law enforcement officials. They are reportedly looking into an allegation that she had placed an illegal wire-tap on the phone of her husband Al.

About a year ago, Pirro said, she initiated a conversation with Bernie Kerik (of all people) about possibly investigating her husband, who she suspected of carrying on an extramarital affair.

Teary-eyed, and with her voice cracking, she went on to say that the investigation — mounted by the same U.S. Attorney’s office that prosecuted her husband seven years ago for tax fraud — was a political smear campaign. She denied that any wire-tapping took place.

“In the midst of matrimonial discourse, I was angry and had him followed to see if what I suspected was true,” she said.

“Many of you have asked me why I stay in my marriage….my husband is a great father…”

She said that she’s not planning to drop out of the AG race.

– Azi Paybarah