A scathing criticism by an ex-aide of former Vice President Mike Pence about “coup memo” lawyer John Eastman has grow to be a key a part of one group’s effort to push the California State Bar Affiliation to research Eastman.
Greg Jacob harshly criticized Eastman in an op-ed he drafted in January, saying Eastman was a part of a “cadre of outdoor attorneys who spun an online of lies and disinformation … for the aim of pressuring the Vice President to betray his oath.” The nonpartisan U.S. Democracy Heart this week used Jacob’s arguments in a letter despatched to the bar affiliation calling for an investigation of Eastman’s actions aimed toward overturning the presidential election.
Jacob additionally lashed Rudy Giuliani, who has already been suspended from practising regulation in New York and Washington, D.C.
The op-ed was not printed on the time, however its existence and contents had been revealed by The Washington Publish late final month. Jacob additionally wrote that the “authorized occupation ought to dispassionately study whether or not the attorneys concerned ought to be disciplined for utilizing their credentials to promote a stream of snake oil to probably the most highly effective workplace on the planet, wrapped within the guise of a lawyer’s recommendation.”
After the election, Eastman met with then-President Donald Trump and his chief of workers, Mark Meadows, within the Oval Workplace and outlined in memos how Pence may unilaterally throw out electoral votes to avoid American voters’ selection for president and swing the election to Trump.
The 35-page Democracy Heart letter together with Jacob’s criticism additionally detailed a number of actions Eastman participated in that had been lately revealed, together with a large video name by which he, Trump and Giuliani urged 300 Republican state legislators to throw out electoral votes.
As well as, it describes various closed-door conferences and public appearances by which Eastman falsely claimed that Pence had unilateral energy to usurp the electoral course of.
The Democracy Heart letter, despatched Wednesday, was an replace to a grievance filed final month.
Jacob informed The Washington Publish that, as he and Pence had been hunkered down within the Capitol constructing as rioters referred to as for hanging the vice chairman, Eastman was emailing him in charge Pence for the violence due to his refusal to throw out electoral votes.
“Attorneys have a solemn responsibility to function guardians of the rule of regulation, together with upholding our constitutional democracy,” mentioned Democracy Heart Authorized Director Christine P. Solar. “The extra we find out about John Eastman’s actions main into, and following Trump’s try and undermine the desire of American voters, the extra anti-democratic he seems. It’s paramount the Bar examine these critical allegations.”
Eastman, who has been subpoenaed by the Home choose committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault, couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
Take a look at the newest letter calling for an investigation into Eastman’s actions right here.
Learn Greg Jacob’s full draft op-ed about Eastman and Giuliani right here.