The latest ruling in the January 6th investigation doesn’t look hopeful for Donald Trump. Aside from ruling against his ally on the matter of whether certain emails must be turned over to the January 6th Committee, the court also opined that it was “very likely” the former president had “acted corruptly.”
The Associated Press reports that U.S. District Court Judge David Carter was asked to determine whether more than 100 emails must be turned over to the Committee. John Eastman, the processor of said emails, is the attorney behind the infamous ‘coup memos’ in which he laid out various options for overturning the outcome of the 2020 election.
Eastman asserted that attorney-client privilege protected those documents — but Judge Carter ruled against him, in light of an exception, which negates privilege when there is legitimate reason to believe it’s covering up ongoing or future crimes.
In fact, the court didn’t mere tacitly hint that Trump could be guilty of criminal acts, but said so outright:
“Based on the evidence, the Court finds it more likely than not that President Trump corruptly attempted to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021.”
According to a report from Politico earlier this month, there’s more to the ruling than merely the evidence that the public can already scrutinize — he determined that he would make a page-by-page review himself of all the documents being debated, a series of emails sent between January 4th and 7th.
His ruling seems to indicate that the contents of those emails support the legal opinion that Trump committed criminal acts in order to prevent the confirmation of the 2020 Presidential Election.
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