Legal experts re-launch call for ethics investigation of John Eastman
- A non-partisan legal organization on Tuesday released a scathing complaint against lawyer John Eastman.
- Eastman wrote a January 2021 memo to convince Mike Pence to call off the 2020 election.
- The House committee investigating the Capitol Riot issued Eastman a subpoena earlier this month.
A nonprofit election security organization urged the California Bar Association to investigate John Eastman, a conservative lawyer who advised President Donald Trump.
In a letter to the Chief Counsel’s Office earlier this week, legal experts at the United States United Democracy Center called for an investigation into Eastman, who wrote a memo explaining how then-vice president Mike Pence , could overrule the 2020 election results during the January 6 Electoral Certification Process.
Six weeks after filing a first complaint in October, the United States United Democracy Center followed up on Eastman’s “potential legal ethics violations” with a new letter on Tuesday citing “a lot” of new evidence that “strongly supports the claims. allegations of ethical conduct “in its original complaint.
A two-page memo first published by CNN in September and obtained by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa for their book “Peril,” details Eastman’s argument on how the Trump administration might maintain the White House despite the loss of the 2020 presidential election.
Insider then acquired a six-page version of Eastman’s memo, which suggested that Pence reject the results of seven states and then redirect the election to the House of Representatives.
The memo prompted careful consideration of Eastman, a former clerk to Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, for his advice to Trump during the final year of his presidency.
In Tuesday’s complaint, the non-partisan group of legal experts at the United States United Democracy Center backed its request for an investigation into Eastman with an unreleased editorial draft for The Post written by Greg Jacob, former chief lawyer for Pence. , in January 2021..
In the editorial, which the organization called the “most striking new information,” Jacob also called for an investigation of Eastman, as well as former Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, for their role in the attempt. Stop Election 2020 certification. Jacob accused Eastman and other outside lawyers of weaving “a web of lies and disinformation” and betraying their oath to uphold the law and the Constitution.
“Now that the moment of immediate crisis has passed, the legal profession should dispassionately consider whether the lawyers involved should be punished for using their credentials to sell a stream of snake oil to the world’s most powerful office,” wrapped up under the guise of an attorney’s opinion, “wrote Jacob.
Tuesday’s letter also included a timeline of Eastman’s alleged unethical conduct, highlighting his conversations with Giuliani. The timeline also notes conversations Eastman and Giuliani had with state lawmakers in which attorneys allegedly encouraged lawmakers to withdraw the credentials of nominated voters and appoint new ones.
The authors of the complaint suggested that the new information solidified Eastman’s “central role” in Trump’s attempt to derail Congress on January 6 as a way to maintain executive power.
“Mr. Eastman also appears to have played a larger role than previously thought in public and private efforts to pressure Mr. Pence, and the new incidents that have emerged confirm his indifference to the truth and respect for the Constitution, ”the letter read. .
The former law professor resigned from Chapman University in January following an outcry from students and faculty over his participation in the “Stop the Steal” rally. A House committee also subpoenaed Eastman earlier this month as part of its investigation into the Capitol Riot.
In response to the United States United Democracy Center’s initial complaint filing in October, Eastman told Insider’s Charles Davis that the memo was “politically motivated” and that he looked forward to “responding in full” if it moved forward. .
A representative from the Claremont Institute, the conservative think tank where Eastman is a senior fellow, did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.