John Eastman, a one-time lawyer for the twice-impeached ex-president who lost the popular vote twice and tried to stage a coup, was instrumental in the plot to illegally overturn the 2020 presidential election. In the January 6th committee hearings, his name comes up frequently, as he made multiple attempts to devise ways to reinstall Donald Trump to his office at the White House.
Now, he’s facing the legal consequences of his actions.
JUST IN: A federal court has canceled next week's hearing over John Eastman's attempt to reclaim his seized cell phone.
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) August 30, 2022
Prosecutors from the Department of Justice sought a second search warrant for Eastman’s cell phone, which law enforcement seized in June. Eastman attempted to block that warrant and retrieve his phone, which the DOJ clearly believes includes information about the coup plot that may tie Eastman to a crime (or a series of them) committed at the behest and to the benefit of the former president. The fact that it didn’t work, that Trump was not reinstalled and left the White House after he legitimately lost the election by many millions of votes, does not reduce his culpability for his crimes.
The judge’s decision read:
‘Given that the Government has affirmed to the Court on the record that a warrant has been issued, the Court finds that Eastman cannot make a good faith argument that an evidentiary issue on the existence of a warrant remains. The undersigned will take the Government at its word that the warrant was issued, and the Court’s decision will be based in part on that representation. With this in mind, the Court will vacate the hearing currently set for September 6, 2022, and will decide Eastman’s motion on the written submissions of the parties.’
Twitter had a lot of thoughts about the second search warrant for Eastman’s phone, none of which included any sympathy for his plight. Read some of their comments below: