Politics John Eastman, Trump Lawyer Behind Pence Memo, Faces 1/6 Subpoena
John Eastman Is Right, His Election Memo Was “Crazy”
It is shocking that such an absurdly antidemocratic theory ever rose to political prominence. The survival of the United States as a constitutional democracy requires that we decisively reject it forever.
The House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is expected to subpoena John Eastman, the attorney who crafted a memo outlining strategies about how to prevent President's election win from being certified.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, the panel's chairman, told The Washington Post on Tuesday that "it will happen," but did not provide a timeline for when the subpoena would be issued.
Trump Attorney Who Wrote Memo About Overturning Biden Win Now Calls Idea 'Crazy'
"The memo was designed to outline every single possible scenario that had been floated, so that we could talk about it." Attorney John Eastman said.Eastman, who represented former President Donald Trump before the Supreme Court after the 2020 election, wrote a memo (which was first reported in the book Peril by Washington Post journalists) outlining strategies to prevent Biden's win from being formally certified by Congress. The lawyer met with the former president and former Vice President Mike Pence to discuss the document just days before the pro-Trump attack on the U.S. Capitol.
A House aide told Politico that the panel was preparing to seek testimony from Eastman, but stressed that he could avoid a subpoena if he cooperated with the committee's investigation voluntarily.
According to the Post, the committee has asked for documents and communications related to Eastman's legal advice and analysis on how former presidentcould seek to overturn the election results and stay in office. Eastman confirmed to the newspaper on Tuesday night that he had been contacted by the committee, but did not comment on whether he would cooperate.
after the 2020 election. In a now-infamous two-page memo first reported in Peril, a book by Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Eastman wrote that former vice president was "the ultimate arbiter" of the election and outlined ways Pence could overturn the 2020 election results when met on January 6.
John Eastman Is Not a Victim of Cancel Culture
Trying to overthrow a democratic election is categorically different from holding an unpopular opinion.But I also believe that Biden won the 2020 election fairly. Those who are enabling Trump’s ongoing effort to challenge the legitimacy of the election—John Eastman chief among them—should be rejected by all conservatives who love their country. He and others like him pose a clear and present danger to the health of our republic.
He and the former president met with Pence in the Oval Office in early January to discuss how Pence could keep Trump in power.
Eastman said when Pence asked him if he had the power to reject the electoral votes, he replied that he might but would be foolish to exercise it, The New York Times reported earlier this month.
Eastman also spoke at the rally on January 6 where Trump exhorted his supporters to "fight like hell." Then, a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, interrupting the certification of the election results.
Eastman, who has written an opinion article on Newsweek, has attempted to distance himself from the memo, and described the strategy outlined in it as "crazy" in an interview with the National Review last week.
"Look, I don't think they would hold firm on this," he said. "Anybody who thinks that that's a viable strategy is crazy."
January 6 committee plans to subpoena John Eastman
The House select committee investigating the US Capitol insurrection plans to subpoena John Eastman, a conservative lawyer who had worked with then-President Donald Trump's legal team and tried to convince then-Vice President Mike Pence that he could overturn the election results on January 6, a committee aide told CNN on Tuesday. © Jim Bourg/Reuters Attorney John Eastman gestures as he speaks next to U.S. President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, as Trump supporters gather ahead of the president's speech to contest the certification by the U.S. Congress of the results of the 2020 U.S.
He insisted the contents of the memo did not represent his legal advice and that he been asked to outline options being discussed by Trump's legal team.
In an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee on October 7, Eastman wrote that he had advised Pence to delay the proceedings on January 6 to give state legislatures time to look into concerns about voting irregularities.
Eastman has also continued to back baseless claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. Eastman told The Times that he was continuing to investigate reports of election fraud and was writing a book on the subject.
While he maintained the memo had been taken out of context, Eastman told the paper that Pence could have done more to help Trump.
Eastman and the select committee have been contacted for comment.
Mike Pence Says James Madison Persuaded Him to 'Buck' Trump Plan and Certify Election .
Many of Donald Trump's supporters turned on Pence after he presided over the Senate's approval of the 2020 Electoral College vote on January 6.The former vice president was speaking at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, at an event hosted by the Young America's Foundation, a conservative youth organization. It attracted around 500 people, Des Moines Register reported, the majority students.