Retired Republican judge says January 6 was 'well-developed plan' by Trump to cling to power
(CNN) Retired federal judge J. Michael Luttig, a Republican who is testifying at Thursday's January 6 committee hearing, will provide a sharp condemnation of former President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the 2020 election, saying Trump and his allies "instigated" a war on democracy "so that he could cling to power," according to a written statement he intends to submit for the committee's record obtained exclusively by CNN.
Luttig outlined in his statement how close he believed democracy came to the brink.
"It is breathtaking that these arguments even were conceived, let alone entertained by the President of the United States at that perilous moment in history," Luttig wrote.
"Had the Vice President of the United States obeyed the President of the United States, America would immediately have been plunged into what would have been tantamount to a revolution within a paralyzing constitutional crisis."
Luttig will testify at Thursday's House select committee hearing on the US Capitol attack, which is focused on Trump's pressure campaign against then-Vice President Mike Pence to try to overturn the 2020 election on January 6, 2021.
Luttig was involved in advising the Pence team against claims from Trump allies like attorney John Eastman , who wrote a memo saying Pence had the power to single-handedly block the certification of the election for Joe Biden.
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