Trump Lawyer John Eastman Sought Presidential Pardon After Jan. 6 Capitol Riot

The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot revealed on June 16 that John Eastman, who advised former President Donald Trump on overturning the 2020 election, sought a pardon days after the riot.

“I’ve decided that I should be on the pardon list, if that is still in the works,” Eastman wrote in an email to Trump’s former attorney Rudy Giuliani that was obtained by the Committee.

Eastman never got a pardon.

In the third public hearing, the Select Committee showed that the exchange indicated that Eastman knew his proposals to have then-vice President Mike Pence single-handedly overturn the election results were unlawful but pressed ahead anyway.

“The fact that he was looking into a pardon for himself as a lawyer suggests either consciousness of guilt or fear that he might be guilty,” Committee member Representative Jamie Raskin said.

According to testimony from Pence’s top aide Greg Jacob, Eastman admitted days before the riot that Pence would violate the Electoral Count Act if he declared a recess, but Eastman nonetheless proposed the option to Trump and Pence in meetings at the White House.

The emails Eastman sent to Jacob also indicated that he knew having Pence block Biden’s electoral votes was also unlawful, but he still urged Pence to go ahead with it.

Federal judge David O. Carter has already ruled that Eastman and Trump likely engaged in a criminal effort to overturn the election.


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