A former federal prosecutor says House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and several other other GOP lawmakers can have committed a really specific crime of their possible attempts to cover up Donald Trump’s Jan. 6 plot.
“It’s called misprision of a felony,” Glenn Kirschner, who spent 24 years as a prosecutor within the District of Columbia’s U.S. attorney’s office, explained on his YouTube channel.
The law says someone who has knowledge of a felony that’s “cognizable by a court of america” but doesn’t come forward with details about it could resist three years in prison.
Kirshner noted that a federal judge in March determined it “more likely than not that President [Donald] Trump corruptly attempted to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021.”
That makes potential Jan. 6-related crimes “cognizable by a court” ― and significant now that McCarthy and 4 other GOP lawmakers linked to Trump have been subpoenaed by the bipartisan House committee investigating the riot to reply questions on their knowledge and involvement.
In the event that they refuse to comply, Kirshner said, it “looks like misprision of a felony to me.”
“Also looks like accessory after the actual fact. Also looks like they’re criminal co-conspirators with Donald Trump in his conspiracy to defraud or commit crimes against america.”
“So many crimes to pick from,” he concluded.
See his full evaluation below: