Trump 'On the Hook for Treason' Over Jan. 6 Actions, Glenn Kirschner Says

Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner alleged that former President Donald Trump is "on the hook for treason" for his actions on and leading up to January 6, 2021.

The House select committee investigating the pro-Trump attack against the U.S. Capitol —as well as the former president's efforts to overturn the 2020 election results—is holding publicly televised hearings outlining the evidence and witness testimony the probe has compiled. Hundreds of Trump supporters attacked the federal legislative branch of government on January 6 in an apparent effort to disrupt the formal certification of President Joe Biden's Electoral College victory.

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President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at The Ellipse near the White House on January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C., just before hundreds of his followers attacked the U.S. Capitol. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images

Kirschner, a legal analyst for MSNBC and NBC News, gave an update on his assessment of the evidence being laid out by the House committee in an interview with The Dean Obeidallah Show on Wednesday.

They're proving all of Donald Trump's crimes with almost exclusively Republican voices—Republican witnesses.
Glenn Kirschner

"The evidence is all there," he said. "They're proving all of Donald Trump's crimes with almost exclusively Republican voices—Republican witnesses."

Some of the key testimony included by the House investigators in the public hearing this far came from the former president's eldest daughter Ivanka Trump, former Attorney General William Barr, former Vice President Mike Pence's former chief of staff Marc Short and Trump's 2020 campaign manager Bill Stepien.

Kirschner said that he believes Trump "is responsible for inciting the insurrection" as well as for "a seditious conspiracy."

"And I happen to believe he is on the hook for treason," the legal expert continued, "because he levied war against the United States, against the democratic process, against the certification of Joe Biden's win on January 6."

And I happen to believe he is on the hook for treason because he levied war against the United States, against the democratic process, against the certification of Joe Biden's win on January 6.
Glenn Kirschner

Trump "sent his attack dogs to stop the certification—sent them to the Capitol. He refused to call them off for more than three hours and we also know he refused to send reinforcements to defend the Capitol against the attack he had launched. He put everyone's lives in danger at the Capitol that day."

"If that's not levying war against the United States, which is the very definition of treason...Donald Trump is on the hook for treason," Kirschner alleged.

During the select committee's first primetime hearing last Thursday, Vice Chair Representative Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, said that Trump made no effort to have the National Guard or other law enforcement intervene on January 6.

"Not only did President Trump refuse to tell the mob to leave the Capitol, he placed no call to any element of the United States government to instruct that the Capitol be defended," Cheney said during the hearing.

"He did not call his secretary of defense on January 6. He did not talk to his attorney general. He did not talk to the Department of Homeland Security," the GOP lawmaker continued. "President Trump gave no order to deploy the National Guard that day. And he made no effort to work with the Department of Justice to coordinate and deploy law enforcement assets."

And he made no effort to work with the Department of Justice to coordinate and deploy law enforcement assets.
Liz Cheney

Trump has denied these allegations and has insisted he did nothing wrong on January 6, or in his effort to overturn Biden's election win. The former president continues to claim that the 2020 election was "rigged" or "stolen," although no evidence has emerged corroborating the allegations. Trump's supporters were largely animated by his lies about the election results when they attacked the Capitol last year.

More than 60 legal challenges to the 2020 election filed by Trump and his allies have failed in state and federal courts. Even judges appointed by the former president have ruled against the lawsuits.

Barr, who was widely viewed as one of Trump's most loyal Cabinet members, has said repeatedly that there is "no evidence" to support the fraud claims. He wrote in his memoir that he told Trump directly that the allegations were "bulls**t" and that his legal team after the 2020 election was a "clown show."

The House select committee showed video last Thursday of Barr's testimony to investigators in which he made similar comments. The former Trump administration official asserted again in the clip that the claims about election fraud were "bullis**t."

Frankly a year and a half later I've seen nothing to change my mind on that
William Barr

"Frankly a year and a half later I've seen nothing to change my mind on that," Barr said.

Barr also testified that he was concerned for the former president's mental well-being if he actually believed the fraud claims.

"I thought, 'Boy, if he really believes this stuff, he has lost contact with—he's become detached from reality if he really believes this stuff,'" the former attorney general told investigators.

Trump and his allies have repeatedly attacked Barr, attempting to undermine his credibility. However, the former president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, told the committee, according to video testimony shared last Thursday, that she respected Barr and "accepted" his assessment of the 2020 voter fraud claims.

In a 12-page statement released this week, Trump slammed the January 6 committee hearings as a partisan "Kangaroo Court."

The January 6th Unselect Committee is disgracing everything we hold sacred about our Constitution.
Donald Trump

"The January 6th Unselect Committee is disgracing everything we hold sacred about our Constitution. If they had any real evidence, they'd hold real hearings with equal representation. They don't, so they use the illegally-constituted committee to put on a smoke and mirrors show for the American people, in a pitiful last-ditch effort to deceive the American public...again," the former president said.

Newsweek reached out to Trump's press office for further comment.