Trump’s lawyer told Pence his refusal to call off the election sparked the January 6 riot
Lawyer John Eastman gestures as he speaks alongside US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani as Trump supporters gather ahead of the President’s speech to challenge certification by the US Congress results of the 2020 US presidential election on the Ellipse in Washington, January 6, 2021.
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During the Jan. 6 uprising, an attorney for President Donald Trump emailed a senior Vice President Mike Pence official claiming that Pence caused the violence by refusing to block the election’s certification, according to the Washington Post.
Trump’s lawyer John Eastman continued to pressure Pence to overturn the election, even after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol.
Eastman had tried to persuade Pence not to certify the election in order to allow state lawmakers to investigate Trump’s baseless claims that there had been widespread electoral fraud.
In January, Pence’s senior associate Greg Jacob wrote an opinion piece on Trump’s outside lawyers, which included these email exchanges, but he chose not to publish the article. The Post was able to obtain the draft opinion piece.
The emails showed how Eastman was trying to persuade Pence to block the certification of the election, which is higher than previously reported, according to the Washington Post.
In two legal notes, Eastman had explained how Republicans could deny Joe Biden the White House.
The special House committee investigating the events leading up to the January 6 riots is considering subpoenaing Eastman as it investigates Trump’s role in the insurgency.
Read the full Washington Post article here.