A conservative federal judge helped stop former president Donald Trump on Jan. 6 and now he wants to finish the job.
Judge Michael Luttig is one of the most celebrated legal minds of his generation. He never ascended to the Supreme Court, The Washington Post reported.
But many think the retired jurist played a far more consequential role for the nation, with experts saying that by not being on the Supreme Court, Luttig did more for our democracy than most any sitting Supreme Court justice or a past one.
Now Luttig envisions ‘the beginning of the end of Donald Trump.’
The conservative judge convinced Trump’s vice president Mike Pence that he could not overthrow the 2020 election.
Luttig was wrested out of quiet retirement for his mission to preserve democracy. Now, his quest means defeating Trump.
It has included legal fights, advocacy in state legislatures and public appearances trying to save democracy.
Luttig said he had seen “ample evidence” of criminal activity and believed Trump would be indicted. He also cautioned that any decision about indicting the former president should consider how it might “split the nation”, given the inevitable “spectacle” of Trump’s fight to beat any charges.
Luttig painted a stark picture of America, saying the nation is “at war against herself”.
The conservative federal judge warned that a year and a half after the deadly Capitol riot, Trump and his supporters still posed “a clear and present danger to American democracy”.
The January 6 committee made four criminal referrals to the Department of Justice. The justice department investigation of Trump’s election subversion and incitement of the Capitol attack continues.
Big-name Trump candidates were beaten at the polls in November, costing Republicans control of the Senate and what was expected to be a much bigger House majority.
The high-profile judge said he saw in the cumulative effect of such factors “the beginning of the end of Donald Trump”. But he added that Trump had not yet been stopped, and it might be down to the courts to do so.
“Donald Trump has proven that the only thing that can stop him is the law,” Luttig warned.