According to two persons aware of Donald Trump’s schemes around the trials on January 6, the former president intends to discredit legal counsel John Eastman, according to Rolling Stone.
The so-called “coup memo,” written by retired law professor Eastman, presented the legal justification for why former Vice President Mike Pence may refuse to certify the Electoral College for the 2020 election. Eastman has received a lot of unfavorable “exposure,” which has irritated Trump, following three public hearings from the House Select Committee looking into the attack on Congress and attempt to rig the election on January 6.
People who have spoken to Trump about Eastman in recent months claim that he is using a tactic that he usually employs when he looks to be at fault.
“He has privately insisted he ‘hardly’ or ‘barely’ knows Eastman, despite the fact that he counseled Trump on taking a string of extra-legal measures in a bid to stay in power,” said the report.
According to the allegation, Trump is asking, “Is [John] going to jail?” and for details about Eastman’s “fortunes” behind closed doors.
According to three sources who confirmed it to Rolling Stone, Trump has been instructed by his attorneys not to discuss Eastman’s work and to completely avoid any conversations about it.
“It has been repeatedly communicated to the [former] president that he should not even bring up Johnny Eastman’s name because he is maybe the most radioactive person [involved in this] when it comes to…any so-called criminal exposure,” an inside source told reporters. “Johnny does not have many friends in [the upper crust of] Trumpworld left, and most people loyal to the [former] president are fine with him being left out on his own, to deal with whatever consequences he may or may not face.”
Due to his leadership of several of the Trump campaign’s efforts to rig the election, Eastman has come under growing scrutiny from the January 6th committee. Excerpts from a deposition by Trump White House attorney Eric Herschmann were among the exhibits the committee posted last week. In it, Herschmann described a heated exchange with Eastman the day after the uprising during which he advised Eastman to “get a great fucking criminal defense lawyer” because “you’re going to need it.”
Not long afterward Eastman emailed fellow Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani to say: “I’ve decided that I should be on the pardon list if that is still in the works.”
“Any time you give legal advice and then feel compelled to ask for a pardon, it probably wasn’t good legal advice,” says Steven Groves, formerly a lawyer and then a spokesman in Trump’s White House.
Trump’s thumbs haven’t budged on the issue of what will happen to his former attorney despite many reports about the January 6th committee’s interest in Eastman. Trump has never addressed Eastman, whom he once praised on Twitter as a “Brilliant Constitutional Lawyer,” on Truth Social, where the former game-show host has provided a running commentary on the committee’s hearings.
Despite many stories indicating the January 6th committee’s interest in Eastman, Trump hasn’t budged on the subject of what would happen to his former lawyer. Trump has never spoken to Eastman on Truth Social, where the former game-show host has provided a running commentary on the committee hearings. Trump once referred to Eastman as a “Brilliant Constitutional Lawyer” on Twitter.
Despite Eastman’s love for Trump and frantic attempts to rig the 2020 election in his favor, the article continued, Trumpworld would prefer to dismiss him and distance itself from him.