Trump-allied lawyer attempts to protect previous president’s notes from Jan. 6 committee

John Eastman, the law firm who wrote memos arguing then-Vice President Mike Pence could overturn the 2020 election, is trying to get to end the Jan. 6 committee from acquiring two handwritten notes from previous President Donald Trump.

In a courtroom filing, lawyers for Eastman stated the notes include info that Trump “believed might be helpful for the anticipated litigation,” and should not be turned around to the Property panel investigating the Jan. 6 riot.

They characterised the notes as “quintessential privileged substance,” arguing that this sort of communications are safeguarded by legal professional-client privilege.

Eastman also asserted lawyer-shopper privilege over another 111 documents containing communications with brokers of Trump or with other lawyers operating on Trump’s lawful crew, which includes six men and women explained in the filing as “conduits” to the previous president.

Of all those 6 “conduits,” 3 ended up lawyers who worked for Trump’s marketing campaign committee and the other three had been customers of his immediate team, 1 of whom is also an attorney, the lawyers wrote.

“While Dr. Eastman could (and did) communicate straight with former President Trump at occasions, many of his communications with the President ended up essentially through these agents,” they additional.

Eastman’s legal crew also claimed attorney-client privilege for 50 documents of communications with 9 clients or probable shoppers who sought his legal suggestions “pertaining to the constitutional authority of point out legislatures to deal with election illegality and fraud.”

Their submitting, initially described by Politico, suggests 7 of those people ended up condition legislators — “just one was a get together committeewomen [sic] and also agent of just one of the legislators and the previous was a citizen coordinating data classes for point out legislators.”

In January, Eastman sued the committee in federal court docket in California, arguing that its associates experienced improperly subpoenaed his e-mails from his former office, Chapman College.

U.S. District Courtroom Judge David Carter, who presided above the case, has been skeptical of a lot of of Eastman’s privilege statements, and has presently ordered him to transform in excess of more than 10,000 internet pages of files to the committee.

In March, Carter ordered Eastman to change in excess of a draft memo to the committee beneath the so-termed crime/fraud exception, locating it was “far more possible than not” that Trump and Eastman “dishonestly conspired to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021.” 

“The memo encouraged that Vice President Pence reject electors from contested states on January 6,” Carter wrote, and “pushed a system that knowingly violated the Electoral Count Act.”

Trump and Eastman “justified the plan with allegations of election fraud— but President Trump probable realized the justification was baseless, and for that reason that the full program was unlawful,” the decide mentioned.

Eastman’s attorneys stood by the debunked election fraud claims in the most current filing, creating that his attempts on behalf of his consumer “have been all centered on the properly-grounded premise that illegality and fraud had happened, and that more investigation was important to figure out the legitimate winner of the 2020 election.”