CLC President Issues Statement Ahead of January 6th Congressional Hearings

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The House Committee investigating the January 6th attack on our country will begin a series of public hearings on June 9, 2022, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Trevor Potter, founder and president of Campaign Legal Center and Republican Former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission, issued the following statement ahead of the January 6th committee hearings:

“The January 6th attack on our country is a harrowing example of what happens when partisan actors sow distrust in our elections. These same bad actors have capitalized on this distrust to pass numerous state laws that would allow them to subvert our elections and undermine our freedom to vote. We must support the January 6th Committee's work to fully investigate, seek justice and hold accountable the bad actors involved in the attack to ensure this never happens again.”

Mr. Potter submitted a statement to the committee earlier this year, highlighting what's at stake for the future of our elections. In his statement, he calls on Congress to close a loophole in the Electoral Count Act (ECA), which hasn't been updated in more than 130 years. Leading up to Jan. 6, 2021, partisan actors exploited ambiguities in the ECA that, in part, led to the subsequent attack. A poll conducted in 2021 showed strong bipartisan support for updating the ECA, and that most voters believe there is a real threat to overturning the results of an upcoming presidential election if nothing is done.