University of Colorado Boulders Conservative Thought and Policy Visiting Scholar John Eastman speaks at a news conference outside of CU Boulder Thursday, April 29, 2021, about his plans to sue the university.
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California prosecutors on Thursday indicted John Eastman, an attorney closely associated with former President Donald Trump, on 11 disciplinary counts related to his alleged plan to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.
According to a press release from the State Bar of California, Chief Trial Counsel George Cardona’s office intends to seek Eastman’s ban.
Eastman is accused of making false statements about alleged voter fraud, including during a “Stop the Steal” rally outside the White House on Jan. 6, 2021. The event began just before a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol .
Eastman was the legal architect of one of several efforts to reverse Trump’s loss to Biden. Eastman drafted documents espousing a dubious legal theory that then-Vice President Mike Pence had the power to unilaterally refuse to confirm Electoral College votes for Biden from key swing states.
Pence, who led congressional efforts to confirm Biden’s victory on Jan. 6, 2021, refused to go along with that plan despite pressure from Trump.
The indictment against Eastman states that his proposed strategies “were not supported by the law, were based on false and misleading statements of fact, and were aimed at keeping Trump in office.”
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