A former federal prosecutor said he was frustrated that Trump hasn’t been charged over ‘crime in the harsh light’


Former President Donald Trump addresses supporters at a rally on August 5, 2022 in Waukesha, Wisconsin.Scott Olson/Getty Images

  • Former prosecutor Glenn Kirschner said he is frustrated that Donald Trump has not yet been charged.

  • Kirschner cited a slew of scandals with Trump at the center in an interview with MSNBC.

  • “Is there any frustration that Donald Trump hasn’t had a minute of responsibility? Yes, there is,” he said.

Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner expressed frustration on Friday that Donald Trump has not yet been slapped with an indictment.

After listing a series of investigations launched into Trump, MSNBC host Joy Reid Kirschner asked about former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon, who was arrested earlier this week on charges of money laundering and conspiracy.

“This may sound surprising from a former career prosecutor. Sometimes I want to scream, ‘Enough with the new investigations,'” Kirschner said during an MSNBC interview. “I mean, yes, we need to investigate all of Donald Trump’s crimes, but this new investigation… will that distract us from investigating his theft of classified documents?

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“Which seems to have distracted us from his launch of an armed uprising against the Capitol, which seems to have distracted us from his election fraud in Georgia,” Kirschner continued.

Kirschner went on to list more scandals and controversies with Trump at the center.

“And all that, Joy, certainly distracted us from his bribery and extortion of… [Ukrainian] President [Volodymyr] Zelenskyy, his ten counts of obstruction of justice as documented in the Trump-Russia report, his campaign finance crimes involving Michael Cohen at the beginning of everything he used to steal the presidency,” Kirschner said. “At one point, Joy Can we tell the Justice Department to just finish what you started? Return only one charge against someone who has criminalized in the harsh light.”

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“So is there frustration that Donald Trump hasn’t had a minute of responsibility? Yes, there is,” he said.

The latest legal battle that has arisen with Trump at the center is with the Justice Department over the FBI’s search for his Mar-a-Lago Florida residence.

Last month, the FBI recovered several boxes of classified documents that Trump took from the White House when he left office, according to publicly released court files.

The search unearthed more than two dozen boxes containing “11,000 documents and 1,800 other items from the office and storage area,” the courts said. Some of the boxes were clearly marked “top secret,” Insider’s Sonam Sheth reported.

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Some of those materials include private and potentially sensitive documents such as medical, tax and accounting records, the court said. Under the Presidential Records Act, presidential records must be turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration upon leaving office.

The Justice Department is now investigating whether Trump has broken any laws regarding the handling of government documents. A legal analyst has previously said he could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of violating the Espionage Act, a law dating back to World War I that essentially prohibits anyone from sharing or disseminating information that the U.S. potentially cause harm or prejudice. .

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