In a bid to prove just how not shady they are and how above-board all of their actions have been, associates of Donald Trump have done everything imaginable to keep all evidence of their actions hidden from the courts and from the public. John Eastman, former Trump attorney, tried claiming executive privilege over his emails, saying that Trump as a president was not susceptible to the rules. The courts have already determined that they are not going to allow for that.
NEW: Last night, John EASTMAN agreed to produce 10,000 pages of emails of his Trump-related efforts to the Jan. 6 select committee, a massive trove that could provide new leads to the panel.
But a broader legal fight over another 27,000 pages looms.https://t.co/u2MXn0It9F
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) April 30, 2022
With far more emails in question, Eastman will be forced to disclose around 10,000 emails between himself and other Trump sycophants related to the Big Lie, the one that says Trump actually won the 2020 presidential election only to have it stolen from him by Democrats, Republican secretaries of state, the Clintons, President Obama, election workers, volunteers, a vote tabulating machine company, Italy, and a long-dead former president of Venezuela. The Jan. 6 investigative committee in Congress will receive those emails as part of their investigation.
According to POLITICO:
‘The panel has used the Eastman lawsuit, as well as litigation against former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, to reveal broad swaths of the evidence it has obtained showing Trump ignored overwhelming legal advice that he had been defeated. Their evidence also shows that Trump sat by on Jan. 6, 2021 as a mob of his supporters ransacked the Capitol, waiting hours and continuing to press allies to block now-President Joe Biden’s victory even as he watched the violence unfold on TV.’
— Rocky Mountain Politics (@rockymntnpols) April 23, 2022
U.S. District Court Judge David Carter, who ruled that Eastman had no attorney-client privilege since he and the twice-impeached ex-president who lost the popular vote twice most likely committed a crime, appears to be over Eastman’s stalling on turning over the trove of potentially incriminating emails.
‘In March, Carter issued a blockbuster ruling declaring that Trump and Eastman “more likely than not” committed a criminal conspiracy to obstruct the transition of power from Trump to Biden — and he ordered Eastman to produce a key subset of emails to the select committee, totaling a few hundred pages.’
Eastman’s strongest argument to date is that Trump could not have committed a crime since he sincerely believed what advisors who told him that the election had been stolen were correct; however, Carter says the emails will also prove that Trump had plenty of advice to the contrary but chose to ignore them.
‘Carter and the select committee have both argued that Trump’s purported belief in false theories of election fraud exceeded the bounds of credibility. While some aides sought to convince him that fraud occurred, Trump’s Justice Department, White House lawyers and campaign aides had pushed him for weeks to accept his defeat. Trump then turned to an increasingly fringe group of outside attorneys to support his theories, some of whom proposed extreme steps like seizing voting machines or pressuring then-Vice President Mike Pence to single-handedly overturn the election.’
Trump Lawyer John Eastman Is Blocking 3200 Documents From Jan 6th Committee https://t.co/3bNx8S6GSX
— #TuckFrump (@realTuckFrumper) April 23, 2022