Opinion | Fix the electoral count law now, before Trump tries to exploit it again


On one end of Capitol Hill last week, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack heard damning testimony detailing how President Donald Trump and a coterie of partisan lawyers advanced a dangerous argument: that the vice president has the legal authority to overturn a presidential election when Congress meets to count electoral college votes. Trump official after Trump official testified that they knew it was wrong. John Eastman, a lawyer who advocated for the theory, acknowledged as much in front of Mr. Trump on Jan. 4, according to testimony from Greg Jacob, who was Vice President Mike Pence’s general counsel. But Mr. Trump and his allies nevertheless waged a relentless public campaign to pressure Mr. Pence to betray the nation’s democracy. Belief in this antidemocratic nonsense spurred the Jan. 6 mob, which infamously chanted, “Hang Mike Pence.”



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