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Ex-Prosecutor Worries Trump Could Pardon Capitol Rioters as Pardon Power Extends to DC Cases [View all]

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The U.S. Attorney for the D.C. has charged at least 50 people in connection with riots at the Capitol, but a former prosecutor from that office has concerns many more rioters could get away without being charged or even be pardoned by President Trump.



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Ex-Prosecutor Worries Trump Could Pardon Capitol Rioters as Pardon Power Extends to DC Cases

By Jodie Fleischer and Jeff Piper Published January 8, 2021 Updated on January 8, 2021 at 8:36 pm

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia has charged at least 50 people in connection with riots at the Capitol, but one former prosecutor from that office has serious concerns that many more rioters could get away without being charged or even be pardoned by President Donald Trump.

"With Donald Trump, one never knows," said former Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Kirschner, who spent 30 years prosecuting federal crimes in the District.

In any other place in the U.S., state and local crimes are outside the reach of a presidential pardon; that would only apply to federal crimes. But in Washington, D.C., local cases are also handled by federal prosecutors, so Trump's pardon ability also extends to local crimes as well.

"It doesn't get any more democracy-damaging than not being able to hold those folks accountable," Kirschner said. ... And he worries that could happen in a number of ways. Protester cases are often challenging since prosecutors need to balance First Amendment rights on a public street. But Kirschner says scores of protestors entering the U.S. Capitol building is vastly different. ... "Disorderly conduct in a federal building, it makes it much easier," he said.

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