The Jan. 6 Committee is issuing a subpoena to former Chapman Law professor John Eastman, whose last known address was in Napa County. The committee has not yet released the details of its investigation into claims that he assisted his daughter’s campaign for Congress by providing strategic advice about her platform and policies on health care reform according to records obtained from the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
(CNN/CBSLA) LOS ANGELES — A committee aide told CNN on Tuesday that the House select committee investigating the U.S. Capitol insurgency plans to subpoena former Chapman University law professor John Eastman, who worked with former President Donald Trump’s legal team and tried to persuade then-Vice President Mike Pence that he could overturn the election results on Jan. 6.
FILE — On Jan. 6, 2021, Chapman University professor John Eastman (left) appears beside Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, at a rally outside the White House in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Getty Images) )
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A subpoena would be avoided if Eastman willingly elected to participate with the committee’s investigation, according to the aide.
The Washington Post was the first to report on the impending subpoena.
On Jan. 6, Eastman joined Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on stage at a “Stop the Steal” event, where they encouraged Trump’s followers to march to the Capitol.
Over 150 Chapman faculty members signed a statement calling on the university to remove Eastman mere days after the insurgency. Daniele Struppa, the president of the university, declined to do so. Eastman, on the other hand, retired roughly a week after the assault.
On January 6, as Congress tallied the Electoral College votes, Eastman presented a plan in a two-page paper to attempt to convince Pence to break the Constitution and toss away the 2020 election results. The document was acquired by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of The Washington Post, the authors of “Peril,” and then by CNN.
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After the results from seven states were thrown out, Eastman’s plan would have proclaimed Trump the winner with 232 votes to 222 votes in the Electoral College.
In order to avoid “howls” from Democrats opposing the election being overturned, Pence would announce that no candidate had received 270 votes in the Electoral College, according to the letter. The election would then be held in the House of Representatives, with each state receiving one vote. Because Republicans controlled 26 state legislatures, Trump could win the election if a majority of them voted for him.
When Eastman was with Trump in the Oval Office on January 4, during one of Trump’s efforts to persuade Pence that he had the right to block the certification of Joe Biden’s election, the proposal was first offered to him.
Eastman would be the latest Trump associate to be served with a subpoena by the House select committee, which has been active in seeking assistance from people who were close to the former President during the Capitol brawl.
At least five former Trump administration officials have voluntarily talked with the House select committee, CNN reported earlier Tuesday.
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