MSNBC Contributor Claims Trump May Meet 'Some Level of Negligent Homicide' for Coronavirus

Posted: Mar 18, 2020 9:45 AM

Glenn Kirschner, a legal analyst for MSNBC and a former federal prosecutor, floated the idea that President Trump could be charged with on "some level of negligent homicide or voluntary/involuntary manslaughter" because of the U.S. government's response to COVID-19, also known as the Wuhan coronavirus.

Kirschner explained in a Twitter thread on Tuesday that when he worked Chief of the Homicide Section at the D.C. US Attorney’s Office, "I was always on the lookout for novel ways to apply homicide liability in an attempt to appropriately and ethically hold accountable those who were responsible for taking the life of a fellow human being."

"I think it’s fair to observe that there’s nothing more devastating to a  family then losing a loved one to ether violent crime or to an illness that could have been prevented or mitigated. I’m trying to assimilate all available evidence (rapidly developing and being reported every day) to fairly assess whether Trump and his administration may have acted/failed to act in a way that could give rise to homicide liability," he said.

"Whereas the evidence is clear that Trump has committed multiple criminal offenses both before his tenure as president (campaign finance crimes) [and] during his time as president (obstruction of justice, bribery/extortion) homicide liability by his negligent/grossly negligent (and/or possibly intentional) mishandling of the Coronavirus crisis in the US is a more nuanced and thorny issue and deserves careful consideration. But the homicide liability issue MUST be addressed because ALL criminal charges will have to be investigated and, if the evidence dictates it, prosecuted come Jan. 2021," he concluded.

Trump's administration has ramped up its response to the Wuhan coronavirus in recent days as new cases are being identified in the U.S., with cities asking its residents to stay at home and only leave if it is absolutely necessary. The Center for Disease Control is also recommending no one holds gathering of more than ten people.