Jan 6 Witness Calls Out Raskin for Objecting to 2016 Election

Jan 6 Witness Calls Out Raskin for Objecting to 2016 Election

June 16, 2022

The January 6 Committee hearings backfired on Thursday when a key witness against former President Trump noted that Democrats, including Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), have themselves attempted to block the certification of past election results.

Retired U.S. Judge J. Michael Luttig, a former appellate judge on the Fourth Circuit, and a respected conservative voice, was one of several legal experts who testified on the third day of public hearings.

The goal of the hearing was to argue that Trump had pressured then-Vice President Mike Pence to follow what they considered a constitutional path of refusing to certify the Electoral College vote from several states, sending the vote back to the state legislatures for further consideration.

But one witness, Greg Jacob, a former counsel to Pence, testified that the relevant phrase in the 12th Amendment was “inartfully worded,” which suggested room for Trump’s unusual interpretation and that of his legal adviser, John Eastman.

Luttig disagreed with Jacob, saying the 12th Amendment was clear. But he added that the precedent that Trump and Eastman had used was “historical,” not legal, because Democrats, including Raskin, had objected to past elections on the same basis.

“That was the centerpiece of the plan to overturn the 2020 election. It was the historical precedent, in the years, and with the vice presidents, I named, as Congressman Raskin understands well.”

Jacob also noted that Democrats had tried to stop the certification of the Electoral College vote in 2000, 2004, and 2016. Among those was Raskin himself, who tried to reject Electoral College votes to declare Trump the winner in 2016.

That’s because Democrats operate not from principle but from political expediency. Everything is righteous when they do it, but unconstitutional and evil when their opponents do it.

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