Attorney General Merrick Garland’s failure to “do his damn job” is keeping MSNBC’s legal analyst Glenn Kirschner “up at night,” which may explain the former prosecutor’s total meltdown over — what else? — Donald Trump on a SiriusXM podcast on Friday: He was sleep-deprived.
Appearing on Friday’s edition of “The Dean Obeidallah Show,” Kirschner was asked about the Department of Justice’s apparent “paralysis” in the face of findings from the Jan. 6 hearings.
What followed was a lengthy rant from Kirschner about how awesome he was at “covert investigations” and a hot mess of hyperbole regarding an unindicted Trump.
“Yeah, it’s beyond frustrating,” Kirschner told Obeidallah. “And I’ve said this before, I worked lots of covert investigations, right. Investigations where there was no arrest, and we were just investigating in the grand jury trying to build toward an indictment.”
“And at the moment, Dean, that I realized my covert investigation, my covert grand jury investigation, had enough evidence to satisfy the probable cause standard, which is the standard to both indict someone and to apply for an arrest warrant –”
At this point, it seemed as though Kirschner was swept up in nostalgia for his former glory days.
He cut himself off and devolved into a narcissistic story about his Perry Mason prowess and his anxiety-fueled commitment to ensuring no bad guys would run amuck on his watch.
“Every minute of every day, I had a decision to make,” he informed Obeidallah. “Am I doing public safety a disservice by failing to arrest this person right now?”
“And nine times out of ten, Dean, I was driven by my concern for public safety,” he confided, “because you know what? If I left a bad guy out on the street knowing I had probable cause that I had developed in my grand jury investigation, but I wanted to make my case a little stronger, a little more perfect, a little prettier, a little more bulletproof — And that person hurt somebody in the community, that’s on me because I didn’t do my damn job.”
And that — that! — is what is keeping this one-time covert investigator turned MSNBC bobble head up at night, and he just can’t abide it.
“And right now,” he stated, “I feel like Merrick Garland is not doing his damn job because he has — he has probable cause on steroids for Donald Trump, for crime after crime, after crime after crime.”
Yes, according to Kirschner, if the Great Orange Menace hijacks an armored car or activates his hypnotic eyes, Democracy as we know it will die, and it’ll be Garland’s fault.
“He leaves him out holding rallies and continuing to push the Big Lie on people,” Kirschner warned. “He’s continuing to radicalize people and endanger their lives and endanger the health of democracy when we have probable cause plus, plus, plus, plus to put a stop to it? ”
“This is what I can’t abide,” he stated. “This is what keeps me up at night.”
A sandwich and a covert nap, Glenn…
Trust us, you’ll feel better.
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