John Eastman, the attorney credited with formulating a plan that Donald Trump could attempt to use to overturn the 2020 election, had a hearing Monday evening to try to convince a Federal Judge he should get a pass on cooperating with the January 6th Committee. The outcome was a loss for him, and potentially a significant blow for Trump.
According to CNN, Eastman, a law professor at the time, admitted through his attorney that he was employed by the former President and had a role in several key moments leading up to the attempted insurrection, including meeting with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on January 3rd to push an agenda to block certification of the electoral vote.
These admissions all implicate Trump for his involvement in the series of efforts to prevent a duly-elected president from taking office.
However, Eastman’s admissions are only a portion of the outcome of the hearing. The significant development is that U.S. District Court Judge David Carter, after hearing the evidence, has ordered Eastman to turn over to the January 6th Committee relevant emails that he’s been fighting to withhold, and his former employer, Chapman University, has agreed to comply with the subpoena. According to Politico, Eastman was using an email address associated with the university for his own communications, including election matters, even into January 2021.
Forbes reported last year, a week after the violent insurrection attempt, that Eastman and the university had agreed to part ways, with his retirement being a factor in a deal “not to engage in legal actions of any kind, including any claim of defamation that may currently exist.”
He also held a position at the University of Colorado as a visiting professor. That institution released a statement last year distancing itself from him, and explaining that his spring classes had been canceled due to low enrollment, but also emphasizing that the university “is not constitutionally obligated to have him serve in a representational capacity when he exercises his right to free speech.”
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