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Timothy L. O'Brien

Trump and His Allies Will Repeat Jan. 6 If Necessary

Judge Michael Luttig’s warning about the former president’s intentions in 2024 demands to be taken seriously.

A conservative icon speaks.

A conservative icon speaks.

Photographer: MANDEL NGAN/AFP

Michael Luttig is a highly regarded former federal judge with rock-solid conservative bona fides. Appointed by former President George H.W. Bush, his former clerks include Senator Ted Cruz and John Eastman, the lawyer who helped former President Donald Trump try to stage a coup after the 2020 election. He was also an adviser to former Vice President Mike Pence.

And at the end of the third day of testimony overseen by the bipartisan congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, Luttig issued a warning: “Donald Trump and his allies and supporters are a clear and present danger to American democracy.”