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A veteran federal prosecutor said Tuesday’s shocking testimony at the Jan. 6 committee’s public hearing shows former President Donald Trump is guilty of treason.

Of the several revelations Cassidy Hutchinson, a top aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified to under oath earlier this week was that Trump insisted armed supporters be let into his rally on Jan.

6. Trump later told those same supporters to march to the Capitol and make their displeasure with Vice President Mike Pence, who was certifying the Electoral College votes, known.


"Treason is defined in the federal law as whoever, owing an allegiance to the United States, levies war against them, the United States, is guilty of treason,” Glenn Kirschner, a former federal prosecutor, told Dean Obeidallah on a radio show this week. “And what Donald Trump was, in a very real sense, levy war, and we now know that his warriors were armed. He knew that, and he launched an attack that he wanted to lead himself on the U.S. Capitol, on the democratic process, on the certification of the rightful win of a president.”

"He's on the hook for a conspiracy to defraud or commit offenses against the United States, inciting a riot, inciting an insurrection, seditious conspiracy, treason.. Donald Trump just needs to be indicted."@glennkirschner2 to @DeanObeidallah on #CassidyHutchinson's testimony

— SiriusXM Progress (@SXMProgress) June 30, 2022

Hutchinson described a scene on Jan. 6, before the then-president’s speech on the White House Ellipse, in which he riled up a crowd that later mobbed the Capitol, on Tuesday. The former aide said Trump was furious the crowd for his speech wasn’t larger and that some supporters were being kept off the grounds because they were armed.

“Take the f***ing mags away,” Hutchinson recounted Trump as saying at the rally, referring to the magnetometers set up outside the rally grounds to prevent people with weapons from entering. “They’re not here to hurt me. Let them in. Let my people in. They can march to the Capitol after the rally is over.”

Some of Hutchinson’s testimony has come under scrutiny, including a vivid retelling of an SUV ride in which Hutchinson was told the president tried to grab the steering wheel and “lunged” at a Secret Service agent.

There is also conflicting evidence about whether she wrote a note for Trump to release while his supporters were storming the Capitol. A spokesperson for former White House attorney Eric Herschmann claimed Hutchinson didn’t write the memo — Herschmann did.

Despite some possible holes in Hutchinson’s testimony, Kirschner focused on her direct relaying of the account before the rally, arguing that Trump willfully whipped up the crowd to incite a riot and interrupt the vote certification.

“You know, he certainly is on the hook for obstructing the official proceeding, the certification of Biden’s win,” Kirschner said. “He's on the hook for a conspiracy to defraud or commit offenses against the United States, inciting a riot, inciting an insurrection, seditious conspiracy, treason.”

Kirschner added that he thinks Trump’s action constituted “assaulting or impeding” a government official, an 8-year felony. And if prosecutors can link Trump to telling supporters, armed with weapons, to impede a government official, it would be a 20-year felony.


“Again, Dean, you can only confine a man for but one life,” Kirschner said. “So how many of these charges you want to stack up? It doesn't really matter. Donald Trump just needs to be indicted.”

The Jan. 6 committee does not have the power to issue indictments, and there has been some confusion about whether it will offer “criminal referrals” to the Department of Justice. The DOJ is conducting its own investigation into the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

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Former President Donald Trump has asked the United States Supreme Court to intervene in the ongoing battle over top-secret nuclear-related documents that were retrieved during the Federal Bureau of Investigation's August 8th search warrant execution at Trump's Palm Beach, Florida Mar-a-Lago beach house.

CNN reported on Tuesday afternoon that Trump's "emergency request with Supreme Court is the latest example of the former President seeking to involve the justices in investigations that entangle him – at a time when the high court’s legitimacy in politically explosive cases is under intense scrutiny."

The case is entangled in a legal battle of wits between the District Court of the Southern District of Florida and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Trump-appointed District Court Judge Aileen Cannon's pro-Trump decisions and her overruling of the orders of the special master whom she hired to manage the sorting of the classified materials at Trump's request – Senior Judge Raymond Dearie of the Eastern District of New York – have faced widespread scrutiny and condemnation by experts.

The question now is how the Supreme Court and its Trump-nominated right-wing supermajority will treat the case, which centers around whether Trump had the right as the departing commander in chief to take whatever records he wanted. Trump and his lawyers argue that he did. The Justice Department, meanwhile, maintains that Trump's confiscation of White House property may constitute a breach of the Presidential Records Act. DOJ is also investigating Trump for possible violations of the Espionage Act.

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