Judge finds Trump “most likely” illegally attempted to obstruct Congress on Jan. 6

washington — A federal judge in California on Monday ordered conservative attorney John Eastman to turn over a tranche of documents to the House of Representatives investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, noting that former President Donald Trump was “highly likely.” ‘ illegally attempted to obstruct official congressional negotiations on the day of the attack.

In his 44-page decision, which included documents from Eastman, a former Chapman University law professor who played a key role in Trump’s effort to reverse the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, U.S. District Judge David Carter wrote that he based of the evidence considers it “highly probable that President Trump corruptly attempted to obstruct the Jan. 6, 2021 joint session of Congress.”

“Dr. Eastman and President Trump have launched a campaign to overthrow a Democratic election, an action unprecedented in American history,” he wrote. “Their campaign was not limited to the ivory tower – it was a coup in search of a legal theory. The plan resulted in violent attacks on our nation’s seat of government, resulted in the deaths of several police officers and deepened public distrust of our political process.”

Eastmans litigation with the House Selection Committee came in response to a subpoena she issued to Chapman University for papers, including emails, related to the 2020 presidential election or the Jan. 6 attack.

However, Eastman attempted to keep the documents from investigators, arguing they contained information protected by attorney-client privilege and attorney-client privilege. He asked a federal district court to prevent the committee from enforcing his subpoena and prevent Chapman from complying with the request.

Specifically, it concerned emails exchanged between January 4, 2021 and January 7, 2021 from which Eastman attempted to claim privilege, allegations the committee denied.

Of the 111 documents from this data that Eastman said should be protected from disclosure, Carter found that only 10 contained privileged information and should therefore be withheld. The remaining 101 must be revealed to the House Select Committee, he said.

“This case is at best a warning of the dangers of ‘legal theories’ gone wrong, the misuse of public platforms by those in power, and the desperation to win at all costs,” he wrote. “If the plan of Dr. Eastman and President Trump had worked, it would have permanently ended the peaceful transfer of power and undermined American democracy and the Constitution. Unless the country commits to investigating and holding those responsible to account, the court fears January 6th will repeat itself.”

The panel reported this to the court a previous deposit as part of the dispute with Eastman that it had evidence that Trump and his allies were engaged in a “criminal conspiracy” by trying to prevent Congress from confirming the results of the 2020 election.

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