Speaking as part of a roundtable forum on MSNBC, legal expert and former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner said he thinks the Justice Department is “much farther along in their criminal investigation of the insurrection — not just the foot soldiers, but the command structure of the insurrection than any of us know.”

Trump Supporters storm the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 via Flickr / Tyler Merbler https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Kirschner added:

“All of the data points are beginning to point toward Donald Trump, in fact, being under a federal criminal investigation in the grand jury, because prosecutors would not go off on some wild fishing expedition in the grand jury, asking pointed questions about a former president unless they’d been vetted up through the highest levels of the Department of Justice, so I think all of these indicators are pretty ominous signs for Donald Trump.”

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During their eight televised public hearings, the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol presented several paths for AG Garland and his DOJ  to potentially follow in going after Trump, namely including his “big lie” that the election was stolen from him, his pressuring of VP Mike Pence to illegally overturn the election, and his interference in the electoral counts in Georgia, where he urged state officials to “find” the votes to declare him the winner.

Those comments came days after Kirschner claimed there is “evidence that satisfies the burden to indict” Trump in connection with January 6 and his urging of Attorney General Merrick Garland to take “overt law enforcement action” against him.

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He continued:

“He’s sending the message that this new batch of insurrectionists better fight like hell or they won’t have a country anymore. He’s doing it all over again.”

And he concluded that the DOJ “has a responsibility to protect the American people, including the Trump supporters. Hundreds are going to prison now for doing what Donald Trump told them, and Donald Trump is recruiting the next batch of future insurrectionists…and we’re letting him do it.”

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