Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner has predicted that it might be possible for former President Donald Trump to get up to 25 years in prison for offenses relating to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot. These comments were made after the House select committee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 attack noted that they would be making criminal referrals to the Department of Justice.
During an interview on MSNBC’s The ReidOut on Friday, Kirschner was asked about the value of these referrals. To this, he replied that the Department of Justice takes great pride in being independent, but at the same time they cannot just ignore a branch of government that has conducted thorough research of the events and is supplying all the evidence.
The select committee is expected on Monday to consider what possible charges could be made in the referrals against Trump.
Some of the current recommendations that the committee is considering include the following charges: insurrection, obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy to defraud the United States government. Kirschner said that those could be a great starting point as “obstructing official proceedings” is a “20-year offense” and conspiracy to commit offenses is “a 5-year offense.”
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