Sep 11, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Raskin says electoral college is an "accident waiting to happen"

Rep. Jamie Raskin sitting
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) at the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) cited a need for legislative changes and altering the structure of American elections to prevent people from "seizing" the presidency post-Trump on MSNBC's "All in with Chris Hayes" on Friday.

Driving the news: The Department of Justice subpoenaed former top White House political advisers under former President Trump as part of an ongoing investigation related to Trump’s post-election fundraising and plans for so-called fake electors, the New York Times reports.

  • Hayes asked Raskin, a member of the bipartisan Jan. 6 select committee, about his reaction to the Save America PAC that was created after the 2020 election.

What they're saying: “Obviously, we’re going to need some legislative changes to the criminal code to account for now the possibility of presidents just taking a headlong rush at seizing the presidency,” Raskin said.

  • He noted that there are already federal statutes in existence that serve this purpose, such as seditious conspiracy and conspiracy to interfere with a federal proceeding.

“We have to look at the way that the electoral system itself is vulnerable to strategic bad faith actors like Donald Trump,” he continued.

  • "The electoral college is an accident waiting to happen and we have to deal with that at some point in American history, and why not now?"

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