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Justice Matters with Glenn Kirschner

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Join Glenn Kirschner, NBC News/MSNBC legal analyst and former Assistant U.S. Attorney at the D.C. U.S Attorney's Office as he brings analysis and insight to legal issues of the day, drawing from his 30 years as a federal prosecutor, homicide prosecutor and Army JAG. For 30 years, Glenn argued to juries, breaking down complex legal issues in ways that were universally understandable and relatable. He brings that same approach to his analysis of today's troubled legal landscape.

Join Glenn Kirschner, NBC News/MSNBC legal analyst and former Assistant U.S. Attorney at the D.C. U.S Attorney's Office as he brings analysis and insight to legal issues of the day, drawing from his 30 years as a federal prosecutor, homicide prosecutor and Army JAG. For 30 years, Glenn argued to juries, breaking down complex legal issues in ways that were universally understandable and relatable. He brings that same approach to his analysis of today's troubled legal landscape.

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Join Glenn Kirschner, NBC News/MSNBC legal analyst and former Assistant U.S. Attorney at the D.C. U.S Attorney's Office as he brings analysis and insight to legal issues of the day, drawing from his 30 years as a federal prosecutor, homicide prosecutor and Army JAG. For 30 years, Glenn argued to juries, breaking down complex legal issues in ways that were universally understandable and relatable. He brings that same approach to his analysis of today's troubled legal landscape.

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English


Episodes

Barr Talks to House Select Committee with No Leaks: Two Important Takeaways from this Revelation

1/24/2022
Representative Bennie Thompson, the Chairman of the House select committee investigating the insurrection, disclosed yesterday that the committee has been speaking with former Attorney General Bill Barr. Importantly, there had ben no reporting - no leaks - of this fact prior to Rep. Thompson's disclosure. What lessons can we take away from the fact that a congressional committee can conduct a high-stakes, high-pressure investigation without any leaks? And are there parallels that can be draw...

Duration:00:05:54

Ex-Girlfriend of Rep Matt Gaetz Granted Immunity, Testifies before Grand Jury.

1/18/2022
Matt Gaetz is being investigated by the Department of Justice for possible sex trafficking and obstruction of justice offenses. CBS News has reported that an ex-girlfriend of Gaetz has been granted immunity by federal prosecutors and has testified before a grand jury. This spells real trouble for Gaetz. This video reviews how, when and why prosecutors grant immunity to witnesses and how things might play out for Gaetz moving forward. For our Team Justice and Justice Matters merchandise shop,...

Duration:00:11:12

AG Garland Signals DOJ Will hold the "Powerless & Powerful" Accountable for Crimes of January 6

1/6/2022
Attorney General Merrick Garland spoke directly and at length about the investigation into the attempted overthrow of our democracy on January 6. Garland pointedly said the Department of Justice will hold accountable all January 6 perpetrators "at any level", whether they were present at the Capitol" on January 6 or not. AG Garland also invoked the Watergate scandal and said that, on the accountability front, there will not be one set of rules and norms for "the powerful and one for the...

Duration:00:08:52

2021: The Year of Donald Trump's Big Lie. 2022 Will be the Year of The Big Truth.

12/31/2021
2021 started with Donald Trump, on January 6, directing his supporters to go to the US Capitol and "stop" the certification of the election's results. Of course, he told them to stop the "steal", which provides definitive proof that Trump was lying to inspire and incite the attack, as his own administration officials and agencies said the election was not stolen. But if 2021 was the year of The Big Lie, 2022 will prove to be the year of The Big Truth. The House select committee investigating...

Duration:00:06:26

Trump's Attempt to Enlist Assistance of Supreme Court to Hide Evidence from House Select Committee

12/30/2021
Donald Trump is famous/infamous for using the courts for his own nefarious purposes - bringing baseless lawsuits to weaponize the delay in the court system and run out the clock. After losing in both the trial and appellate courts, Trump is now seeking to enlist the Supreme Court in his attempt to hide from the House select committee information in the possession of the National Archives regarding his conduct in connection with the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. Given that Supreme Court...

Duration:00:07:19

The Law's Perception Problem: When Will Justice Come for Meadows, Giuliani, Clark, Trump & Others

12/28/2021
It seems like justice is suspended in amber these days, unable to move one way or the other. If we look at some of the timeframes we've been waiting for justice - 15 days, 53 days, 244 days - it's pretty apparent that the law presently has a perception problem. This video discusses how long the American people have been made to wait for justice and how the wait impacts the perception of the law. For our Team Justice and Justice Matters merchandise shop, please visit:...

Duration:00:06:08

As Trump Plans Speech for Jan. 6, Insurrection Defendants Claim they Acted at Trump's Direction

12/26/2021
Donald Trump recently announced that he intends to hold a press conference on January 6, the one-year anniversary of the deadly attack on the US Capitol by Trump's supporters. This, while the Department of Justice is prosecuting more than 700 Trump supporters who participated in the insurrection. Notably, many of the defendants have claimed both in and out of court that they acted as they did on January 6 because they were directed to do so by Donald Trump. Here's hoping that the Department...

Duration:00:06:53

Time for the Military Leadership to Return Mike Flynn to Active Duty and Court-Martial Him

12/23/2021
On December 13, 2021, the United States Supreme Court refused to accept for review the case of United States v. Steven Begani. Begani is a retired military officer who was restored to active duty and court-martialed. He appealed his conviction, ultimately to the US Supreme Court, arguing that it was not proper to court-martial a retired officer under the circumstances of his case. The Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal, leaving in place the long-standing principle of law that a...

Duration:00:11:49

Congress Contemplates Criminal Referrals For Trump and Company for Crimes of January 6

12/21/2021
The New York Times reported that the House select committee is considering making criminal referrals to the Department of Justice of Donald Trump and others who may have criminal liability for the insurrection. Here is a review of what criminal referrals are, how DOJ has handled prior criminal referrals by Congress, and what it signals that the committee is contemplating referring Trump for a criminal investigation. For our Team Justice and Justice Matters merchandise shop, please visit:...

Duration:00:08:40

Roger Stone Pleads the 5th Before Congress. Should Congress Immunize Stone & Force Him to Testify?

12/17/2021
Roger Stone appeared before the House select committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol to testify. But rather than testify, Roger Stone pled the 5th - he invoked his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination - and refused to testify. The question will now turn to the topic of immunity: should Congress immunize to Stone and force him to testify. Recall that Stone was convicted previously (and ultimately pardoned by Donald Trump) for lying to Congress when he testified in the...

Duration:00:10:43

Congress Refers Meadows to DOJ for Prosecution: Here's Why Indicting Meadows is a Legal Layup

12/15/2021
Congress just voted to hold Donald Trump's former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress and refer him to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution. This means today is day 1 of "Mark Meadows - Indictment Watch." It took DOJ 22 days to indict Steve Bannon for his crime of contempt of Congress. This video discusses the reasons why DOJ's decision whether to indict Meadows is an easy one based on the applicable law and the available facts. For our Team Justice and Justice...

Duration:00:07:09

Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Trump; Announces "Direct Linkage" Between Trump & Capitol Attack

12/10/2021
In a remarkably blunt, clear-eyed and forceful legal opinion, a unanimous three-judge panel of the DC Federal Court of Appeals rejected Trump's efforts to hide deeply damaging documents from the House select committee investigating the Capitol attack. Judge Patricia Millett, writing for the panel, stated that there is "a direct linkage between the former president and the events of" January 6. Importantly, the three judges handing down this opinion sit on the very court on which Attorney...

Duration:00:10:27

House Postpones Flynn & Luna Testimony; Flynn Should be Returned to Active Duty and Court-Martialed

12/7/2021
It was reported today that the House select committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol has postponed the depositions of Mike Flynn and Trump aide Nicholas Luna. What, if anything, should be taken away from this decision to reschedule this testimony? The disgraced, traitorous Mike Flynn is a household name but Trump aide and "body man" Nicholas Luna is not. This video addresses: 1. who is Nicholas Luna and 2. argues that Mike Flynn should be ordered to active duty by the US Army and...

Duration:00:08:16

More Evidence of Trump's Election Conspiracy; Meadows Changes his Tune, Cooperates with House Committee

11/30/2021
Two big stories just broke on the legal front: according to reporting in the Guardian, Trump called his "lieutenants" at the Willard Hotel shortly before the attack on the Capitol, expressed his concern that Mike Pence was not coming through for him, and asked how else they could block the certification of Joe Biden's election win. This is yet additional evidence of Trump participation in a robust conspiracy to corruptly overturn the election results. In a second story, the New York Times...

Duration:00:07:10

Bannon's Grift, Mark Meadows' Contempt of Congress & Trump's Friends & Family Burner Phone Plan

11/28/2021
In recent days there has been reporting about attempts by Bannon's defense attorneys to convince a judge to allow them to distribute to the public the discovery given over by the prosecutors in Bannon's criminal case for contempt of Congress. This video discusses the common practice of courts to issue protective orders regarding discovery in criminal cases and what Steve Bannon is really trying to accomplish by objecting to these standard procedures. Additional reporting has revealed that...

Duration:00:10:29

NY Prosecutors Investigating Yet More Trump Financial Crimes; When Will the Indictments Come?

11/22/2021
The Washington Post reported that the Manhattan District Attorney's Office is now investigating Donald Trump's manipulation of property values, presumably to dodge tax liability. Recently released city property and tax records reveal that Trump claimed for one purpose that his building at 40 Wall Street was worth $527 million and then turned around and, for tax purposes, reported that the same building was worth only $16.7 million. This is Trump taking a page out of the book Tax Fraud for...

Duration:00:06:13

While We Must Accept the Rittenhouse Jury's Not Guilty Verdict, We have Much to Learn & Miles to Go

11/19/2021
A Wisconsin jury found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty of all charges for shooting three individuals, killing two. This video discusses the possible reasons for the verdict and some of the lessons we should learn from the nature of self-defense laws and the dangers posed by our country's determination to worship at the altar on unrestricted gun access. Link below for my MSNBC Daily opinion piece on the Rittenhouse verdict:...

Duration:00:09:18

Why Mark Meadows Must Now be Indicted for Contempt of Congress (just as happened to Steve Bannon)

11/14/2021
On the exact same day Steve Bannon was criminally indicted for contempt of Congress, Mark Meadows refused to appear in violation of a congressional subpoena, thereby committing the crime of . . . contempt of Congress. Congress must now vote to hold Meadows in contempt and refer him for prosecution. This video reviews the way subpoenas work, how one goes about LAWFULLY asserting a privilege (spoiler alert - not by flat out refusing to appear), and why Meadows' attorney's claim that "the...

Duration:00:10:24

Steve Bannon Indicted. What's next: from Monday's Court Appearance to Plea Negations to Trial & More

11/12/2021
A federal grand jury indicted Steve Bannon on two criminal contempt of Congress charges. Here is what to expect moving forward, from Monday's presentment in court to possible plea nogotiaons with prosecutors to trial and sentencing. This video also discusses why it took 22 days for the DC US Attorney's Office to indict Bannon. Plus, with Mark Meadows committing the very same crime today by refusing to appear on a congressional subpoena, might he face the same fate as Bannon? All in all,...

Duration:00:08:50

It's Raining Congressional Subpoenas; Now More Than Ever, DOJ Must Indict Steve Bannon

11/10/2021
Over the past 24 hours, the House select committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol issued 14 subpoenas for Trump aids, assistants, loyalists, sycophants and a smattering of co-conspirators. Issuing subpoenas is easy, enforcing subpoenas has turned out to be hard. We are on day 19 of Steven Bannon indictment watch and no DOJ indictment in sight. Now more that ever, DOJ must act to hold Bannon accountable, both because it's the right thing to do AND because it will send a powerful...

Duration:00:07:22