Trump’s lawyer employer John Eastman says he did not explicitly ask Pence to call off election
The Conservative Claremont Institute said monday that he was breaking with the tradition of publicly defending John Eastman, one of his key colleagues, from “a recent combined campaign of disinformation, de-platform and ostracism” based on legal advice he gave to former President Donald Trump, his client and former Vice President Mike Pence “at a critical juncture for the 2020 elections in December 2020 and January 2021”.
What Eastman advised is not open to debate – you can read the two page memo and one longer than six pages he wrote about steps Pence could take to not certify President Biden’s electoral victory in a joint session of Congress on Jan.6. But the Claremont Institute affirms that his advice “has since been maliciously twisted and distorted” by the media, and that “contrary to the almost universally false accounts, which have done great damage, John did not ask the vice president (…) to ‘cancel’ the election or decide on the validity of electoral votes.
“Defense is one of the most carefully worded straw man arguments in modern political history,” Aaron Blake writes to The Washington Post. “Essentially, the statement does not dispute that Eastman provided a ready-made procedure for Trump and Pence to have the election overturned – he did so clearly and unambiguously – is that he did not explicitly say Pence should overthrow him himself. ”
NeverTrump Conservative Lawyer George Conway was more direct, calling Claremont’s statement a “blatant and shameful lie” and showing that “Pence understood that Trump and Eastman were asking him” to “overturn the election” unilaterally. Steve Vladeck, professor of law at the University of Texas, OK that Claremont is “trying to whitewash John Eastman’s” how to do a coup in six easy steps “by blatantly distorting what Eastman actually wrote.
“What the Claremont Institute should really respond to is whether it is comfortable that its employee is explicitly seeking to help overturn a US election based on allegations that have been systematically debunked and dismissed. by the courts “, the To postBlake advised. Eastman’s notes were “kind of like you know someone wants to rob a bank and you give them the blueprints for that particular bank branch. Did you tell them to rob that bank? Of course not. Did you empower them to accomplish what you knew they wanted to do? Yes. You were an accomplice. ” Read it memos and Claremont’s defense of them for you.