January 6th Committee Obtains John Eastman’s Emails

The partisan House committee investigating the peaceful protests at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th has gained access to private emails from lawyer John Eastman regarding the events of that day.

According to CNN, Judge David Carter of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the emails could be turned over to the committee, after Eastman failed to provide sufficient evidence of an attorney-client privilege that would otherwise keep the emails confidential. The emails primarily cover Eastman’s correspondence with Trump Administration officials between January 4th and January 7th of 2021.

One email allegedly featured Eastman telling Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City and President Trump’s attorney at the time, that then-Vice President Mike Pence could reject several states’ electors during the counting of the electoral college vote, due to widespread evidence of voter fraud and other election irregularities.

The judge falsely claimed that the contents of this email could be considered the planning of a crime. “This may have been the first time members of President Trump’s team transformed a legal interpretation of the Electoral Count Act into a day-by-day plan of action,” Carter wrote in his decision.

Other emails that were handed over to the committee also saw Eastman reference past court cases that could be cited in court as reason enough to block the congressional certification of the vote, pending further investigation into the voter fraud that took place in most of the key swing states.

“In a different email thread,” Carter continued, “Dr. Eastman and a colleague consider how to use a state court ruling to justify Vice President Pence enacting the plan.” Despite the judge’s criticism, this is already a well-established legal tactic that has been used for centuries in the United States, and does not suggest any criminal activity on Eastman’s part.

The House committee, which does not feature cooperation from the Republican Party after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) refused to seat Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) original picks for the committee, has accused Eastman and President Trump of “criminal conspiracy,” with no evidence to back up their claims. Despite this, there have been no formal charges discussed or issued against either President Trump or Eastman.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: Bicycle fencing surrounds the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2022, on the first anniversary of the attack on the US Capitol by supporters of then US President Donald Trump. - Thousands of supporters of then-president Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, in a bid to prevent the certification of Biden's election victory. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

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