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Donald Trump implicated by John Eastman in court filings
Among the central figures in the efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 elections is lawyer John Eastman, who drafted the infamous coup memo. However, the latest court filings have shown that Eastman implicated the former president in his attempt to protect himself.
A report by Politico revealed a late-night court filing made by Eastman, which said he was in touch with the former president either directly or through six “conduits” in the weeks leading up to Jan. 6.
Eastman made the filing to appeal to US District Court Judge David Carter to shield his communications with Trump from the Jan. 6 committee investigating the riots.
According to Eastman, he received two “hand-written notes” from Trump about information that might be useful for the “anticipated litigation.”
MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace said that Eastman may have deliberately or unintentionally implicated Trump in his efforts to reinforce attorney-client privilege claims.
“He seems to either wittingly or unwittingly be throwing Donald Trump under the bus as the architect of that coup. He’s alleging that I guess, everything he did was in direct consultation with and after conversations and handwritten notes from Donald Trump,” said Wallace.
Wallace then pressed New York Times reporter Luke Broadwater, who described the revelation as “fascinating” coming from Eastman.
“Now we know Donald Trump called John Eastman into the Oval Office and the two of them together attempted to pressure Mike Pence and then later Mike Pence’s attorney, lead attorney, to go along with the plan to overturn the election, throw out legitimate votes or delay the certification of the votes to give state legislators the chance to install pro-Trump electors and put Donald Trump in office for a second term,” Broadwater explained.
Aside from Eastman, a former prosecutor suggests that another close associate of Trump’s might be turning on him as well.
Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner said Roger Stone may either face prison time or turn on the former president following a report by the New York Times of a group chat made up of Stone and several figures who are now under investigation for their involvement on Jan. 6.
Owen Shroyer, a top associate of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio, and Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes, were among those who were part of a group chat reported by the newspaper. At least two members are cooperating with investigators.