Jan. 6 committee to seek testimony from Trump lawyer who drafted strategy to overturn election

Chapman School of Law professor John Eastman testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on March 16, 2017. | Susan Walsh/AP Photo

Congressional investigators are preparing to seek testimony from John Eastman, the attorney who crafted a legal strategy to help Donald Trump try to overturn the 2020 election results on Jan. 6, a House aide confirmed on Tuesday night.

The chair of the Jan. 6 select committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), told The Washington Post on Tuesday that he anticipated subpoenaing Eastman, though the aide emphasized that the Claremont Institute lawyer could avoid a subpoena if he cooperated voluntarily.

In the aftermath of Trump’s defeat in the election, Eastman helped the outgoing president chart a legal strategy that included petitioning the Supreme Court to intervene in the election and throw out the electoral votes of four states that propelled Joe Biden to his Electoral College victory. When that effort failed, Eastman drafted a strategy to persuade then-Vice President Mike Pence to throw out the election results himself.

Pence, under procedures outlined in the Constitution and federal law, was charged with presiding over the Jan. 6 counting of electoral votes, the final formal step to certify the presidential election — typically a ceremonial proceeding. But amid a relentless campaign to overturn his defeat, the former president homed in on Pence’s role and sought to pressure him to reject electors from the same states Trump tried to invalidate in the Supreme Court.

Eastman participated in a series of planning meetings at the White House, as well as phone calls with state officials Trump sought to enlist in his effort . He also spoke at a rally convened by Trump on the morning of Jan. 6 that later morphed into the violent mob that ransacked the Capitol, injured 140 police officers and sent lawmakers and Pence fleeing for safety.

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Lynne Caniglia

This should be good to read. No wonder the Republicans did not want the investigation to go forward. It has opened a can of worms and the Republicans who are involved need to be removed from office. It is like treason. And trump should be allowed to run for any office again.

Derryl Moore

They will get them all in the end they can't Xscape all the charges they have against them they are running out of room


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