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In her Opening Statement, Judge Jeanine Pirro sounded off on the Eric Trump Foundation being forced to suspend operations, as its chairman's father prepares to be inaugurated as president of the United States.

The foundation, which Eric's wife Lara Yunaska Trump said gives nearly 100 percent of its proceeds to organizations like St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, was pressured to close because of possible "influence peddling" during a Trump administration.

"Because someone [Hillary Clinton] lined their own pockets from their so-called charity, laundering money from foreign governments and oligarchs under the guise of starting a presidential library, but actually seeking to pay lawyers and sexual harassment judgments, those children [supported by Trump's foundation] lost," Pirro said.

The foundation ceased operations Christmas Eve, Pirro said, a night when many children dream of Santa Claus bringing them toys, while other less-fortunate youngsters dream of a painless chemotherapy procedure or blood transfusion.

"[Children who hoped] an angel would come with a gift, not of toys, but the gift of life, all because of a young man named Eric, lost that night."

Pirro said this past Christmas, "Scrooge and the Ghosts of Clintons' Past" visited the Eric Trump Foundation, disenfranchising the 33-year-old from being able to continue his dream of helping children in this way.

"No charity money was used to fly around in private jets," Pirro said of the Eric Trump Foundation, adding that Trump raised millions while shouldering all the operating costs himself.

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