Appearing for an interview on SiriusXM’s “The Dean Obeidallah Show,” former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner said President Trump’s coronavirus admissions should land him in prison, suggesting that the president’s negligence amounts to “second-degree murder.”
During the interview, the MSNBC legal analyst gave an incredibly harsh assessment of Trump’s interviews with veteran reporter Bob Woodward.
Trump’s admission that he wanted to “play down” the coronavirus threat despite knowing its deadliness “upped his own criminal ante to second-degree murder,” Kirschner said, breaking down the pieces of the alleged charge step by step.
“There are only two elements for second-degree murder. The first is you caused the death of another,” Kirschner said Thursday. That factor was fulfilled because Trump “was lying to the American people about the danger this virus posed,” and now 190,000 people are dead, Kirschner said.
“The second element is the intent element,” which would “get tricky if we didn’t have Trump’s incriminating admissions,” he continued. But “in my opinion as a career prosecutor,” Trump admitted to “conscious disregard” of the risk his coronavirus downplay created, thus admitting to “second-degree murder” that he “must be held accountable” for, Kirschner concluded.
listen to the interview below:
“[Trump] has just upped his own criminal ante to second degree murder.”
Former federal prosecutor @glennkirschner2 tells @DeanObeidallah, assessing the President's COVID cover-up following the release of the #Woodward tapes.https://t.co/uG3pdQnkVs pic.twitter.com/1WFLSH566o
— SiriusXM Progress (@SXMProgress) September 11, 2020