J. Michael Luttig

Former federal judge with conservative views criticizes Trump’s “unprecedented” assaults on the federal judiciary, deeming them a “serious disservice” to the country.

A retired conservative federal judge criticized former President Donald Trump’s unprecedented and inexcusable attacks on judges overseeing his criminal cases, stating that such comments are detrimental to the nation and even jeopardize his own defense in the January 6th cases.

J. Michael Luttig, speaking on CNN’s “AC360” with Anderson Cooper, emphasized that Trump‘s behavior, which has continued since his time in office, undermines the integrity of the federal judiciary and the fairness of the trial proceedings.

Trump, who is currently facing 91 charges across four separate indictments while also seeking the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, has argued that his public defense is protected by the First Amendment and that social media serves as a direct communication channel with his supporters.

In recent days, Trump publicly criticized Judge Tanya Chutkan, an Obama appointee overseeing his criminal case in Washington, DC, accusing her of partisanship and bias.

Luttig, a former judge on the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals, expressed confidence that the courts will coordinate to ensure that all trials involving the former president are completed before the 2024 election.

Notably, Luttig, who advised former Vice President Mike Pence in his decision to certify the Electoral College vote and provided key testimony in the House select committee investigating the January 6th attack, has become a vocal critic of both Trump and the Republican Party. He recently warned that Trump’s influence poses a significant danger to American democracy.

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