WATCH: Missouri AG vows to intervene in McCloskey case, calls prosecutor “abysmal”

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt says he will step in if Mark and Patricia McCloskey are charged on weapons violations and explains Kim Gardner’s history as prosecutor.

Per FoxNews, St. Louis’ top prosecutor faced intense criticism on Monday– including from the state’s governor and attorney general– after bringing felony charges against the homeowners seen in cellphone video brandishing guns when protesters appeared outside their home in a gated community.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt told “Fox News @ Night” Monday that he is seeking to have the charges against the homeowners dismissed, calling it “a political prosecution.”

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, the city’s top prosecutor, said Mark and Patricia McCloskey — both personal injury attorneys in their 60s — will be charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon following the June 28 incident.

“It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner — that is unlawful in the city of St. Louis,” Gardner said in a statement.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, said last week he would consider pardoning the couple should they be criminally charged.

“Kim Gardner’s action toward the McCloskeys is outrageous,” he wrote on Twitter Monday. “Even worse, the Circuit Attorney’s office has admitted there is a backlog of cases and dozens of homicides that haven’t been prosecuted, yet she has accelerated this case forward.”

Schmitt argued that the right to self-defense is “deeply rooted” in the constitution and said the state has an expansive “castle doctrine,” which “gives broad authority to individuals to protect their lives, the lives of their family members, their homes, and their property.”

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