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Conservative Judge Michael Luttig: “Trump is a danger to democracy”

“A conservative judge helped stop Trump on Jan. 6. He wants to finish the job.”
Credit: © Kelsey Brunner for The Washington Post.

A conservative judge helped stop Trump on Jan. 6. He wants to finish the job.

Michael Luttig, one of the most celebrated legal minds of his generation, never ascended to the Supreme Court. But many think the retired jurist played a far more consequential role for the nation. Now he envisions ‘the beginning of the end of Donald Trump.’

From The Washington Post via MSN:

What began as a late-night phone call has turned into the quest of a lifetime for Luttig, the pinnacle of a long and storied career, highlighted last summer by his stirring appearance before the congressional panel investigating the Jan. 6 uprising at the U.S. Capitol and by the committee’s final report released in late December, which mentions his name more than 25 times.

Key findings from the Jan. 6 committee’s final report

“Donald Trump and his supporters and allies are a clear and present danger to American democracy,” Luttig told the committee on live television.

But Luttig wasn’t just condemning Trump and Trumpism. He was trying to bring a nation to its senses.

“We Americans no longer agree on what is right or wrong, what is to be valued and what is not, what is acceptable behavior and not, and what is and is not tolerable discourse in civilized society,” he said. “America is adrift.”

Months removed from that star turn, Luttig’s worries have begun to ebb ever so slightly. He now envisions a nation one day disentangled from Trump’s influence, even as the former president launches a new campaign. It’s a future Luttig is trying to shape in court cases, in legislative chambers where he’s helped craft election law changes and in professorial public appearances where he explains in painstaking detail how American democracy, though imperiled, can still be preserved.

Luttig can think of only one reason he would have been wrested out of quiet semiretirement for this mission.

It was, he’s concluded, nothing less than “divine intervention.”

Read the full story from The Washington Post via MSN

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