Former US Army prosecutor Glenn Kirschner believes that failing to hold former President Donald Trump “accountable for his crimes” will “destroy” the legitimacy of US institutions.
Trump faces multiple high-profile investigations, and some legal experts have urged the Justice Department to indict the former president or appoint a special counsel to investigate him. Kirschner has previously argued that Trump will be held to account for his actions related to January 6, 2021, when hundreds of his supporters violently attacked the US Capitol.
In addition to the storming of the Capitol — which came after Trump urged his supporters to march to the federal legislative building and ‘fight like hell’ — the former president and his allies are the subject of an investigation for their efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. Trump pressured then-Vice President Mike Pence to reject Electoral College votes from several key swing states so that they could be replaced by alternative lists of voters who supported him, despite the will of the voters.
“REFUSING to hold Trump accountable for his crimes in light of the overwhelming evidence would be a political calculation. It would also mock honest, law-abiding politicians and destroy the legitimacy of the institutions of the United States government. That’s an easy call,” he said. wrote Kirschner, who now works as a legal analyst for MSNBC and NBC News, in a tweet on Saturday.
The attorney posted the remarks while sharing a tweet from the nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). The non-partisan watchdog group wrote: ‘Frankly, we are tired of the whole ‘prosecuting Donald Trump for crimes he may have committed is politically motivated’ argument some of you are making. Hold him accountable is not politics, it is justice.”
In a filing in court this month, the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol exposed potential crimes committed by the former president. “The evidence and information before the committee establishes a good faith belief that Mr. Trump and others may have committed criminal and/or fraudulent acts,” the House committee’s attorneys wrote in the filing.
Meanwhile, Trump is also being investigated by Fulton County Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis. This investigation centers on the former president’s efforts to pressure Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, to ‘find’ enough votes to overturn the state’s election in his favor. . Raffensperger declined Trump’s request and repeatedly pushed back against misinformation about the 2020 election results.
Whether Trump will ultimately face criminal charges remains to be seen. Attorney General Merrick Garland, who was appointed by President Joe Biden, gave Trump critics a measure of hope in an interview with NPR last week. Garland said “all those” who committed crimes related to January 6, 2021 would be held accountable.
“We don’t avoid political cases or controversial or sensitive cases,” Garland said. “What we avoid is making decisions on a political basis, on a partisan basis.”
Kirschner applauded the attorney general’s remarks in a post on Thursday on Twitter.
“As a result, the only rational conclusion that can be drawn from AG Garland’s promise is that…TRUMP. WILL. BE. CHARGED. Because #JusticeMatters,” the former Army prosecutor wrote.
Trump has repeatedly criticized investigations targeting him and his companies, arguing that they are all politically motivated. He condemned the probe by the House select committee investigating Jan. 6, saying lawmakers’ only goal is to prevent him from running for president again if he chooses to do so.
Newsweek contacted Trump’s press office for comment.