In a Congressional committee hearing on January 6, John Eastman, the conservative attorney for former President Donald Trump, detailed how he helped Trump overturn the 2020 election. However, it only led to heavy scrutiny for the attorney.
Despite his association with the former President, Trump says he sees no reason he should defend Eastman, according to Rolling Stone.
Two sources close to Trump told Rolling Stone that the committee’s focus on Eastman during the public hearings irked the former President.
Since the hearing, Trump started to distance himself from the attorney.
John Eastman wrote a memo that provides great details on a last-ditch plan for Vice President Mike Pence to block eventual President Joe Biden’s certification on January 6, 2021,during the Congressional proceeding that was interrupted by the Capitol riot.
Rolling Stone writes that Trump claims to “hardly” or “barely” know the attorney despite the piling evidence of contacting Eastman for legal advice.
Citing three unnamed sources, the outlet also said that Trump’s legal team told him not to discuss the attorney to minimize potential legal exposure.
According to Rolling Stone, one source stated that a number of Trump loyalists were “fine with him being left out on his own, to deal with whatever consequences he may or may not face.”
A former lawyer connected to the Claremont Institute think tank, John Eastman was among those responsible for Trump’s plan to retain his power despite his defeat in 2020.
The January 6 commission zeroed in on the attorney’s activities prior to the Capitol riot.
Former Vice President Mike Pence’s attorney claimed that Eastman claimed Pence had that authority to reject the official election count during a White House meeting two days before the riot, which opened the door to keeping Trump in office. However, Pence rejected the advice.
Last Thursday, the committee got word that Eastman sought a pre-emptive pardon from then-President Trump after the right, but he did not get one.
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