Trump ‘will bend like a house of cards’ to avoid jail time: Kirschner
Former President Donald Trump will “fold like a house of cards” to avoid jail time if charged in any of the ongoing criminal investigations against him, according to former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner.
Brian Tyler Cohen, host of The legal breakasked Kirschner on Saturday whether or not he thinks Trump would be charged in different cases if an indictment is filed against him in the Georgia election investigation.
“I would like to think that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has the kind of backbone [and] has the kind of bravery and the kind of determination to move forward with indictments against the former president and his criminal associates,” Kirschner replied.
The former federal prosecutor and MSNBC legal analyst hopes the DOJ won’t need Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who is handling the Georgia investigation, to take the first step in bringing charges against Trump so they can follow suit and indict him. in other cases.
Trump and some of his allies are under investigation for allegedly trying to overturn the results of Georgia’s 2020 presidential election. Willis on Tuesday urged Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney not to publicly reveal the findings of a special grand jury that has spent months considering the case.
Willis also asked the judge to be wary of “protecting the rights of future defendants,” regarding the ongoing criminal investigation. She added that a decision on possible criminal charges is “imminent”, but did not mention any names.
Kirschner said on Saturday he believes the charges against the former president in the Georgia election investigation would “embolde” and “encourage” the DOJ to “up” its pace and move a little faster in the meaning of the charges.
“I think the prosecutors investigating Donald Trump are going to need all the support they can get both legally and atmospherically, and that’s why I think once an indictment comes down and as the others start to fall, that’s when you’re going to see Donald Trump fold like a house of cards and I think he’s going to be desperate to make every kind of deal he can conclude to minimize his exposure, ultimately, to prison,” the former federal prosecutor added.
During a Thursday episode of The legal breakKirschner predicted that Trump could be on trial in “a year” if he is indicted in the Georgia election investigation.
“If I had to guess, once the indictments come in and Donald Trump comes into court on that indictment, and he’s arraigned, [and]…read the charges that the grand jury brought against him, we’ll probably see a trial date set between six months and a year, but the defense attorney will still try to file motions to keep pushing him further further down the road,” he said.
Trump, who has continued to maintain his innocence, is being investigated in other criminal investigations, including his alleged handling of classified documents, which were seized by FBI agents from his Mar-a-Lago’s residence last August, and his alleged involvement in the January investigation. February 6, 2021 Capitol riot when his supporters stormed the United States Capitol building to prevent Joe Biden’s Electoral College certification.
Newsweek contacted Trump’s media office for comment.