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Glenn Kirschner: Senate Intel Report, Vol. 5: Trump Lied, Manafort Spied, Democracy Nearly Died


August 18, 2020

We recently learned that the Republican controlled Senate Intelligence Committee made criminal referrals of Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Erik Prince and Sam Clovis to the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia (my former professional home for nearly a quarter of a century). We know that criminal charges have not been brought against those men, who are alleged to have deceived, mislead or lied to the Senate Intel Committee. This casts in a new light the efforts of Trump and Barr to oust former US Attorney Jessie Liu and install a Barr lackey named Tim Shea. Recall that upon his arrival at the DC USAO, Shea immediately went about dramatically reducing the sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone and attempting to tank the Mike Flynn case. We are now left to speculate as to whether Shea did yet another favor (though) for Donald Trump by killing the investigations into his son, his son-in-law and the others who were referred for criminal investigation. The good news is that those criminal referrals can and must be given a fresh look beginning in January.

About Glenn Kirshner

Glenn Kirschner brings analysis and insight to legal issues of the day, drawing from his 30 years as a federal prosecutor, homicide prosecutor and Army JAG. Glenn is an NBC News and MSNBC legal analyst and teaches criminal law at George Washington University.

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