His lawyer’s language originally hid an unholy crime. John Eastman stood on the stage January 6 with Donald Trump to inflame the rally that would storm the nation’s Capitol, attempting to steal the election. But they failed. Tuesday a judge ordered the ultra-conservative attorney to hand over 159 “sensitive documents” to the House’s January 6 Select Committee. In his emails, Eastman talked about a “coup in search of a legal theory,” The POLITICO wrote.
Eastman worked on former Vice President Mike Pence, trying to get him to call the election against President Joe Biden. But Pence’s legal resources told him to avoid that scheme. The attorney wanted the former VP to drop large numbers of the president’s electors and then hand the election over to the House for a vote that would guarantee a second Trump term.
In addition, the attorney rammed some swing state legislatures to give Pence an excuse. But Eastman’s attempts failed all the way around. So he took his plan to the boiling hoard of rioters.
U.S. District Court Judge David Carter wrote in his order for the attorney to hand over 10 documents regarding the meetings he had with the core secessionist planners. Some included a sitting legislator, and one involved the ex-president. They also involved one “high-profile” member:
‘Five documents [involved three meetings and] include the agenda for a meeting on December 9, 2020 [about a] plan to challenge the electors in the House of Representatives.’
In addition, the documents talked about a December 8th and 16th meeting. The judge wrote:
‘The agenda included a section entitled “GROUND GAME following Nov 4 Election Results. The Select Committee has a substantial interest in these three meetings because the presentations furthered a critical objective of the January 6 plan: to have contested states certify alternate slates of electors for President Trump. Dr. Eastman’s actions in these few weeks indicate that his and President Trump’s pressure campaign to stop the electoral count did not end with Vice President Pence — it targeted every tier of federal and state elected officials. Convincing state legislatures to certify competing electors was essential to stop the count and ensure President Trump’s reelection.’
Carter wrote that one of the emails written on December 22, 2020 involved a “potential crime:”
‘Because the attorney concluded that a negative court ruling would ‘tank the January 6 strategy,’ he encouraged the legal team to avoid the courts. This email cemented the direction of the January 6 plan. The Trump legal team chose not to seek recourse in court.’
‘instead, they forged ahead with a political campaign to disrupt the electoral count. Lawyers are free not to bring cases; they are not free to evade judicial review to overturn a democratic election. Accordingly, this portion of the email is subject to the crime-fraud exception and must be disclosed.’
Then there were five documents talking about “the plan to disrupt:”
‘[Five say] the plan to disrupt” the Jan. 6 session of Congress, and three that discuss “actions for alternate state electors to take in the days leading up to January 6. Because these documents only relate to the political plan for January 6, they were not made in anticipation of litigation and thus are not protected.’
In addition, the judge requested that Eastman hand over 54 emails that involved “state legislators” and “other third parties” discussing fake presidential electors.
One section among the secret documents after Trump lost the 2020 presidential election was entitled “GROUND GAME,” The Daily Beast reported.
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