Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirshner said Saturday that the Justice Department should indict former President Donald Trump for his alleged “crimes” related to January 6, 2021 and attempting to reverse the 2020 presidential election results – warning that otherwise he would I must reiterate. Future.
Although it had long been known that the Justice Department was investigating the events of January 6 and right-wing efforts to prevent President Joe Biden from taking office, Washington Post First reported Tuesday that Trump’s actions were being looked into as part of that investigation. Meanwhile, the House Select Committee investigating last year’s Capitol riots held eight publicly televised hearings in what many analysts see as evidence and testimony against the former president.
Kirschner, who now works as a legal analyst for MSNBC and NBC News, urged the Justice Department to take the unprecedented step of impeaching a former president in an interview with MSNBC. The legal expert said not doing so would send a dangerous message to future presidential candidates.
“It’s time for the Justice Department, it’s big time for our federal government, time for the first legal visit and holding a criminal former president accountable for his crimes,” Kirschner said.
The attorney said that if Trump is not prosecuted and prosecuted, it would be like giving a “pass” to the former president. He said it would be “a pass for everything from obstructing official proceedings to potentially treason.”
“It sends the unmistakable signal to all future presidential candidates or presidents seeking to retain power after losing an election that they have DOJ permission to do what Donald Trump did to either gain or retain power. It was,” Kirshner said. “And I don’t think our country, you know, can survive another round.”
Hundreds of Trump supporters violently attacked the Capitol on January 6 in an apparent attempt to block formal certification of Biden’s Electoral College victory. The riot occurred directly after Trump told his followers to walk into the federal legislative branch of government and “fight like hell.” The then-president had also been spreading misinformation for months, claiming that Biden’s victory was a fraud.
Attorney General Merrick Garland has remained silent about the Justice Department’s investigation into whether Trump will face charges. However, he publicly stated that no one is above the law.
“No one is above the law in this country. I can’t say it more clearly than this,” Garland said earlier in July. The attorney general’s remarks came in response to questions about whether the Justice Department would make fictitious charges against the former president.
The hearing of the House select committee investigating the riots, which is nominally bipartisan with two Republican members, has drawn compelling testimony from former top Trump administration officials. Many have testified to how the former president was repeatedly told that his claims of widespread voter fraud were unfounded. Others have said that Trump did not want to say or do anything to stop the riot, with some witnesses suggesting he was glad the attack was taking place.
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Trump defends himself
Trump says he did nothing wrong on January 6 or in his attempt to reverse Biden’s victory. He continues to say that the 2020 election was “rigged” or “theft”, and that all investigations targeting him or his allies are part of a “witch hunt”. Although Trump has not confirmed plans to run for presidency in 2024, he has said the investigation targeting him is aimed at preventing him from seeking the presidency again.
Despite the former president’s claims, there has been no evidence to suggest that Biden’s victory was fraudulent. In contrast, dozens of election challenge lawsuits filed by Trump and his allies failed in state and federal courts. Even judges appointed by the former president ruled against challenges. Meanwhile, audits and recounts—areas in which the election was overseen by pro-Trump Republicans—have repeatedly confirmed Biden’s victory.
Former Attorney General William Barr, widely seen as one of Trump’s most loyal cabinet members, has said publicly and in sworn testimony that claims of widespread voter fraud are “bull**t”.
“I thought, boy, if he really believes in this stuff, he’s lost – he’s disconnected from reality if he really believes in this stuff,” Barr testified before a House committee. Gave.
Lawrence Tribe, professor emeritus of constitutional law at Harvard University, assessed in an interview Saturday with Australia’s National Public Radio that Trump is “clearly guilty of obstructing official proceedings” on 6 January. The legal expert said there was “strong evidence” that there were other alleged crimes as well, including conspiracy to commit treason, defrauding the country, and aiding and abetting a violent insurgency.