In their never ending search to at least discredit or otherwise shut up Donald Trump, no stone will be left alone. His ex-attorney, John Eastman, was forced to turn over 101 emails to the January 6 committee after being unable to prove attorney-client privilege. Democrats have been screaming Trump was behind that attack and they’re determined to find evidence of intent to overturn the 2020 election.
The committee is looking for dirt
Supposedly the emails talk of ways to keep Congress from certifying the election and, among other things, weaponizing the court. Judge David Carter wrote:
“This may have been the first time members of President Trump’s team transformed a legal interpretation of the Electoral Count Act into a day-by-day plan of action. In another email thread, Dr. Eastman’s colleagues discuss whether to publish a piece supporting his plan, and they touch on state lawsuits only to criticize how they are being handled by the Trump campaign. In a different email thread, Dr. Eastman and a colleague consider how to use a state court ruling to justify Vice President Pence enacting the plan. In another email, a colleague focuses on the ‘plan of action’ after the January 6 attacks.”
The committee is confident
They can at least hurt Trump and show the public that he and his followers were “engaged in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States.” Curiously, Eastman himself hasn’t been charged with any crime.
Eastman tried to help Trump with a strategy to pressure Vice President Mike Pence into not certifying the results of the 2020 election. He refused to turn over documents, saying it was attorney-client privilege.
The committee pressed forward
Carter said only ten documents qualified as attorney-client privilege so the rest needed to be turned over. Carter asserted, “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.”
The Democrats want to build a criminal case. Carter continued to proclaim Trump must be found guilty.
“Their campaign was not confined to the ivory tower — it was a coup in search of a legal theory. The plan spurred violent attacks on the seat of our nation’s government, led to the deaths of several law enforcement officers, and deepened public distrust in our political process. More than a year after the attack on our Capitol, the public is still searching for accountability. This case cannot provide it. The Court is tasked only with deciding a dispute over a handful of emails. This is not a criminal prosecution; this is not even a civil liability suit. At most, this case is a warning about the dangers of ‘legal theories’ gone wrong, the powerful abusing public platforms, and desperation to win at all costs.”