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Mon Oct 3, 2022, 08:32 PM Oct 2022

Select committee says Eastman improperly shielded emails from investigators [View all]


A week before the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, John Eastman — the attorney spearheading Donald Trump’s last-ditch bid to remain in power — emailed an ally in the cause with a disparaging joke about his client.

“A shame you are not in DC and could contribute to violation of the emoluments clause,” Eastman wrote in the Dec. 30 email to attorney Kenneth Chesebro, a reference to allegations that Trump was improperly receiving foreign payments through his D.C.-based hotel.

Chesebro replied, in an email with formatting issues “I[’]m stayng at Trump Int n DC from Jan 3 to at [l]east the 8th. Dong my part to curry favor wth the Presdent by
  • nng hs (empty) pockets! [emoji].”).

    The exchange was part of a batch of emails that Eastman had shielded for months from the Jan. 6 select committee, claiming it was covered by attorney-client privilege or attorney work-product privilege. The select committee cited it Monday as evidence that Eastman has been improperly shielding documents from investigators as they attempt to determine the causes of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol — and unlock new details of Trump’s bid to remain in power.


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