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Thu May 25, 2023, 04:59 PM

John Eastman asks Supreme Court to wipe away ruling ...he and Trump may have been plotting a crime

John Eastman asks Supreme Court to wipe away ruling that said evidence showed that he and Trump may have been plotting a crime

Former Donald Trump lawyer John Eastman has asked the Supreme Court to reverse lower court rulings that allowed for the now-defunct House January 6 committee to access emails he sought to shield under attorney-client privilege.

The committee obtained the handful of emails questions after a federal judge, in a notable March 2022 ruling, concluded that the emails fell under the so-called “crime-fraud” exemption to the privilege because the emails showed that Trump and Eastman may have been plotting a crime in their efforts to disrupt Congress’ January 6, 2021, election certification vote.

“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,” Judge David Carter wrote at the time.

Eastman, when he was Trump’s attorney during the 2020 election, spearheaded efforts to convince Vice President Mike Pence to delay Congress’ counting of the Electoral College votes on January 6. Pence ultimately resisted the pressure from Trump and his allies to interrupt the congressional ceremony.

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