MSNBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner is convinced: If Republicans win in November, they will “carpet bomb” the DOJ and throw Jan. 6 committee members in jail.
The former federal prosecutor joined SiriusXM’s Dean Obeidallah to discuss Attorney General Merrick Garland, the Justice Department’s fear of criticism, and what he sees as a very real threat from the GOP.
Obeidallah questioned Kirschner on why he thought former President Trump has yet to be charged with crimes for his involvement in the now-infamous events of January 6.
“Is the bigger picture do you think, Glenn, no one has charged a former president, so they don’t want to be the first one to do it?” Obedidallah asked. “Do they fear the threat that Trump said that his people are gonna come to the streets and fill the streets in the biggest protests ever? Help us make sense as someone who’s worked in DOJ in the D.C. office what might be going on [with why no charges for Trump]?”
According to Kirschner, the Department of Justice is shy.
“I believe right now there is this paralysis at the Department of Justice, born of timidity, born of fear of criticism, and born of fear of failure,” Kirschner said. “I’m almost kicking myself for articulating all of this, Dean, because I know so many of the hard-working men and women at the Department of Justice, and I don’t think this is their choice.”
Kirschner then laid into Attorney General Merrick Garland’s inaction, warning it would have dire consequences.
“I think this is a top-down thing, where we have Merrick Garland — who is more judge, than prosecutor — being the king of circumspection and ‘we have to consider every angle,'” Kirschner said. “In the meantime, democracy is hanging by a thread. That is doing a disservice to the country, to the American people.”
“I don’t know when we reach the point of no return,” he continued. “I keep asking myself and people like you and my other trusted colleagues the question, ‘Where do we draw the line in the justice sand?’ Do we wait until after people are not going to the polls because they are so disheartened by what the Biden administration and the Merrick Garland Department of Justice are doing or not doing, so they don’t go to the polls and we lose the House?”
And losing the House would, Kirschner claims, would unleash Republicans, who will stop at nothing to imprison every member of the January 6 committee.
If this sounds a bit hyperbolic or insane, Kirschner has totally solid proof that this is exactly what those conniving Republicans would do, given the opportunity: Newt Gingrich said so.
“If the Democrats lose the House in the midterms, then the Republicans will do everything they can to bring DOJ to a screeching halt by carpet bombing the Department of Justice with frivolous subpoenas,” Kirschner said.
That this is exactly what the Dems on the committee have been doing to their political adversaries seemed to be completely lost on Kirschner, who was certain he was right.
“Then trust me,” he stated, “they will find reasons to claim that those subpoenas are being violated and, as Newt Gingrich promised everybody one week ago: They will lock up members of the J6 committee. That’s not an idle threat,” he assured Obeidallah, “that’s the Republican’s playbook.”
“So c’mon DOJ,” Kirschner implored, “you gotta get off the dime and you gotta start holding people accountable for their crimes.”
Sure, Glenn. After that unhinged rant of a pep talk, how could they not?
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