MSNBC and NBC News legal analyst and former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner told SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah that President Donald Trump “absolutely” can be prosecuted over the Capitol insurrection.
On Friday’s edition of The Dean Obeidallah Show, the host talked with Kirschner about Trump’s criminal liability in this week’s deadly Capitol insurrection.
“Are there any criminal charges you think could plausibly be charged filed against Donald Trump because of what we saw?” Obeidallah asked.
Kirschner, a former federal prosecutor, was emphatic:
“Yeah, absolutely! And so, rioting is a criminal offense both in the federal code and in the local criminal laws of the District of Columbia, as is inciting a riot.
And you know, my prosecutor’s instincts kicked in when I kind of put all of the circumstantial evidence together. You know, Donald Trump urging his followers to come to DC on January 6th, promising “it will be wild,” and then when he urges them at the 11:00 pep rally to get on down to the Capitol and take what’s yours because they are stealing the election from you.
And then the part that is beyond belief, when President-elect Joe Biden addresses the nation in the sort of early stages of the riot and tries to lower the temperature, tries to restore order and he’s asking for peace, he challenges Donald Trump to do the same, and I was actually surprised when Donald Trump took him up on it.”