Former DC Prosecutor: Trump Might Pardon Rioters

Washington’s NBC News affiliate reports:

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.

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