Thursday, June 16, 2022

Danger To Democracy

I have written, as you said, Chairman Thompson, that today, almost two years after that fateful day in January 2021, that still Donald Trump and his allies and supporters are a clear and present danger to American democracy.  That's not because of what happened on January 6th.  It's because, to this very day, the former president, his allies, and supporters pledge that, in the presidential election of 2024, if the former president or his anointed successor as the Republican Party presidential candidate were to lose that election, that they would attempt to overturn that 2024 election in the same way that they attempted to overturn the 2020 election, but succeed in 2024 where they failed in 2020.  I don't speak those words lightly.

I would have never spoken those words ever in my life, except that that's what the former president and his allies are telling us. As I said in that New York Times op-ed, wherein I was speaking about the Electoral Count Act of 1887, the former president and his allies are executing that blueprint for 2024 in open, in plain view of the American public.

-- J. Michael Luttig, former judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, who has been advising a number of senior Republican senators on the Electoral Count Act, in testimony to the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, 16 June 2022

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