Former President Donald Trump speaks during the America First Agenda Summit in Washington D.C, on July 26, 2022.Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Ex-prosecutor Glenn Kirschner, a frequent Trump critic, said “ruling class criminals” use their resources to escape accountability.
He told MSNBC that people like Trump escape any serious repercussions while low-level crimes are prosecuted aggressively.
“We seem to only hold folks accountable for those low-level crimes where the damage is discrete as opposed to the ruling class criminals,” he said.
Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner said there are criminals in the “upper echelon” of government who get away with “damage” while low-level crimes are prosecuted aggressively.
Kirschner, a frequent critic of former President Donald Trump, made the remarks in an MSNBC segment that focused on the Republican. In the interview, Kirschner argued that Trump “hasn’t had one moment of accountability visit him yet” for inciting the Capitol riot.
“We do a lousy job of holding political criminals accountable,” Kirschner said. “That, I think, needs to be a focus of criminal justice reforms.”
“When we see how aggressively law enforcement goes after minor drug offenses or somebody who steals a car, somebody who burglarizes a home, or somebody who sells loose cigarettes, if only our Department of Justice, our prosecutors, would go after what I call ‘the ruling class criminals’ just as aggressively because we have criminals in the upper echelon of government,” he said.
Kirschner continued by saying that a group of individuals that he refers to as “ruling class criminals” use their resources to get them out of trouble.
“These people are in a very real sense allowed to buy their way out of being held responsible for their crimes … by donating money to campaigns and by fighting a war of attrition because they can hire lawyers who will wear down the government,” he said.
That group of people, he added, “are the folks who are doing so much more damage, wide-ranging damage than somebody who is breaking into a house, stealing a car, snatching a purse, or shoplifting from a CVS. … We seem to only hold folks accountable for those low-level crimes where the damage is discrete as opposed to the ruling class criminals.”
Earlier in the segment, Kirschner talked about how he feels that Trump’s “foot soldiers” are getting punished for their participation in the Capitol riot but he’s so far been free of consequences.
Last month, Kirschner said Trump launched “an armed attack on the Capitol to stop the peaceful transfer of presidential power” and predicted he might be indicted for treason.
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