Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Trump Lawyer Turns Over Emails To Jan. 6 Committee

A Conservative Lawyer, John Eastman, who worked with Trump, who helped craft the False Argument that the 2020 Election was Stolen, has turned over Thousands of Pages of Emails to the House Jan. 6 Select Committee, but is withholding thousands of others, according to a Court filing.

Eastman pushed a Fringe Legal Theory, for how he believed then Vice-President Mike Pence could Block the Electoral College Vote in Congress.

Eastman, a Law Professor turned over nearly 8,000 pages of Emails, while holding back about 11,000 pages, because it is what he calls Privileged material. The numbers came before Eastman and House Attorneys met with a Federal Judge Monday afternoon, about the ongoing Dispute over a Subpoena of Eastman's Chapman University Email Account.

The House has been Challenging Eastman's effort in Court to withhold Emails the Committee had Subpoenaed. Eastman still has to sort through an additional 48,000 pages.

The Judge will decide what ultimately can be kept from the House. Eastman's Email-sifting for the House is expected to take several weeks, but the Judge, David O. Carter, has tried to put Eastman on a Speedy schedule. In an Order Monday night, Carter said he would hear Arguments in early March over whether Emails Eastman is withholding from the House with the key dates of January 4 to January 7, 2021, should stay secret.

Last month, the Judge ordered Eastman to respond to the House Select Committee's Subpoena of Chapman University for his Emails. Eastman previously Refused to provide information to the House when it Subpoenaed him directly for Testimony and Documents. He had claimed his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination as a response to nearly 150 Questions and to his Document Subpoena.

The House committee then went to his former employer, Chapman University, to seek his Records. The University received a House Subpoena and Eastman Sued to block it, pulling the dispute into the California Federal Court.

The Committee is still awaiting Testimony from Key Figures like Rudy Giuliani, another outside Lawyer for the Trump. As of this weekend, Giuliani was engaging with the Committee and the Ppanel said it expected him to "cooperate fully" with its Subpoena, though his Attorney in the past had also tried to claim that his Exchanges with Trump are Privileged.

Giuliani was among Four Witnesses scheduled to appear before the Committee on Tuesday who had their Depositions rescheduled.

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