Trump’s lawyer told Pence that his refusal to overturn the election caused the riots on January 6

Attorney John Eastman gestures as he speaks alongside U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani as Trump supporters gather ahead of the president’s speech to challenge the U.S. Congress’ certification of the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election at the Ellipse in Washington, January 6, 2021.

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During the January 6 uprising, a lawyer for President Donald Trump sent an email to a top assistant to Vice President Mike Pence, claiming that Pence had caused the violence by refusing to block the certification of the election, according to the Washington Post.

Trump’s lawyer, John Eastman, continued to pressure Pence to overthrow the election, even after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol.

Eastman had tried to persuade Pence not to certify the election to allow state lawmakers to investigate Trump’s unfounded allegations that there was widespread election fraud.

In January, Pence’s top aide, Greg Jacob, had drafted an opinion piece on Trump’s external lawyers, which included these email exchanges, but he chose not to publish the piece. The Post was able to get the draft opinion article.

Emails showed the extent to which Eastman was trying to persuade Pence to block the certification of the election, which is greater than what has previously been reported, according to the Washington Post.

In two legal notes, Eastman had outlined how Republicans could deny Joe Biden the White House.

The House committee, which is investigating the events leading up to the January 6 riots, plans to sue Eastman as it investigates Trump’s role in the uprising.

Read the full Washington Post article here.


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