Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) took issue on Friday with the constitutionally-mandated manner in which presidents are elected, calling the Electoral College “an accident waiting to happen.”
Raskin, who was a constitutional law professor prior to his time in Congress, told MSNBC host Chris Hayes that the system as a whole was “vulnerable” and that the Electoral College had allowed room for “strategic bad faith actors” like former President Donald Trump.
“Final question for you. You were a constitutional law professor before you were a United States Congressman. I wanted to hear you talk about these different aspects of an inquiry or making the case here,” Todd began, noting that the January 6th Committee — of which Raskin is part — did not have the power to prosecute former President Trump.
“Your committee doesn’t have criminal prosecutorial power, and nor should it, it’s a congressional committee,” he continued.
“There’s a difference between what I would call the great crime of Donald Trump, which was a frontal assault on the core of American democracy, and whatever statutory violation of the U.S. code he may have committed. Sometimes, it can feel a little bit like a mismatch there, and I wanna know what you think about those two lanes.”
Raskin added that America needs “some legislative changes to the criminal code “to account for, now the possibility of presidents taking a headlong rush at seizing the Presidency.”
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