During his testimony last week at the Jan. 6 committee hearing, retired Conservative Appellate Court Judge Michael Lutig referred to Donald Trump and his allies as “a clear and current threat to American democracy.” Lutig is a legendary, extremely famous conservative judge who is respected by his team. John Eastman, Trump’s attorney who plotted to overthrow Biden’s presidential victory, once worked as a clerk for Judge Lutig. In a June 16 NPR article, the former judge called Eastman’s legal views on the election “wrong at every turn.” The article also cites criticism from Ted Cruz, another former clerk of Judge Lutig, for supporting Trump’s plot to deny him election credentials. Judge Lutig is known for being extremely conservative and his opposition to Trump has been heard by many Republicans as a “big lie” and his rebellion. The NPR article cites two reasons why Lutig broke his party’s support for Trump and rigged the rigged election:
- The Republican National Committee’s resolution called those associated with bogus voters “involved in legitimate political discourse” and denounced delegates Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for their role on the House panel;
- And Trump’s outspoken attack on Pence says he can’t overturn the election and his criticism of the RNC on Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.
The hearings continue until January 6, when evidence of crimes committed during and after Trump’s time was released They include:
- Supervise and coordinate an illegal plan to overturn the 2020 election
- Has deceived its voters to donate to the Election Defense Fund which did not exist
- The United States has been accused of rigging the election by deliberately lying about the election being stolen from him
- Asked Georgia election officials to find enough votes to turn Georgia’s election upside down
Witnesses at the committee’s hearing were all prominent career Republicans who acknowledged that Trump was corrupt and dangerous. This investigation is not magical. Instead, it is a bipartisan effort to stop the scandal and neutralize the power of Trump and his constituents who have turned against democracy and supported the transition to dictatorship, as long as the dictator Trump remains. Fortunately, we are seeing a slow but inevitable fall of Trump by his former political allies.