Trump’s attorney told Pence his refusal to overturn the election caused the Jan. 6 riot

Attorney John Eastman points out, speaking alongside US President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, as Trump supporters gather before the president’s speech to challenge the US Congress’ ratification of the results of the 2020 US presidential election on Ellipse in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021.

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During the January 6 uprising, President Donald Trump’s lawyer emailed a top aide to Vice President Mike Pence claiming that Pence caused the violence by refusing to block the election’s certification, according to The Washington Post.

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

Eastman was trying to persuade Pence not to certify the election in order to allow state lawmakers to investigate Trump’s unfounded allegations that there was widespread electoral fraud.

In January, Pence’s top aide, Greg Jacob, penned an opinion piece on Trump’s outside lawyers, which included an email exchange, but chose not to publish the article. The Washington Post was able to obtain a draft of the opinion piece.

The emails showed the extent to which Eastman was trying to persuade Pence to block the election’s ratification, which is greater than previously reported, according to The Washington Post.

In two legal memos, Eastman outlined how Republicans could disqualify Joe Biden from the White House.

The House Select Committee investigating events leading up to the January 6 riot plans to summon Eastman while investigating Trump’s role in the rebellion.

Read the full Washington Post article here.


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