‘It’s really hot in DC’: MSNBC legal analyst delights in Bannon’s summer experience in prison

SiriusXM radio host Dean Obeidallah referred to potentially uncomfortable prison conditions for Trump ally Steve Bannon as a “bright side” during a conversation with MSNBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner.

(Video Credit: The Dean Obeidallah Show)

The callous comment came at the tail end of a conversation about the recent Supreme Court decision on presidential immunity. Kirschner implied that if former President Donald Trump was reelected, he may round up his political enemies and there’s nothing the law could do about it.

“But look on the bright side. Steve Bannon is in prison right now and it’s really hot in Washington, D.C. So there was a little bit of accountability there,” Obeidallah said. “And I mean, what’s your reaction to him finally going and the Supreme Court not protecting him? And I guess he’s never been president, so they didn’t care.”

“Yeah, a little bit of accountability is a beautiful thing,” Kirschner responded. “And, you know, listen, it is no fun serving time. I have been in more confinement facilities as a former career prosecutor, both civilian facilities and military facilities, than I can count. They’re not pleasant places to be. And I don’t celebrate anybody going into one of them.”

“What I will say is that it’s got to be especially hot for Steve Bannon because he’s got a — I assume he’s wearing three jumpsuits,” the former federal prosecutor continued. “So, you know, it’s not going to be a fun four months for him. But he has so richly earned this prison term. And let’s not forget the — when he gets out, he gets prosecuted in New York, for stealing money from Donald Trump supporters, pretending like Steve Bannon is going to build a wall when instead he was just building his bank account.

Kirshner went on to point out that Bannon received a pardon, and that’s something a prosecutor may bring up during his coming legal battles.

“And that’s, those are crimes for which he accepted a pardon. A federal pardon, of course, now he’s being prosecuted by the New York state authorities because he also committed crimes in violation of New York state law,” he said. “Boy, if I’m a prosecutor, one of the issues I’m litigating is, is his decision to accept the pardon, which the Supreme Court in 1915 said carries with it an imputation of guilt and is some confession of guilt when you accept it. Is that relevant to his guilty state of mind? You’re darn right it is, and I hope a judge will rule that way.”

Sierra Marlee


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