Email shows Trump, lawyers who pushed voter fraud claims they knew were false in federal court, judge says

Washington — Communications from conservative lawyer John Eastman shows that former President Donald Trump and his attorneys pushed claims of voter fraud, which he knew to be false, in federal court and to the public, so that the state’s vote by Congress on January 6, 2021. Counting of electoral votes may be delayed. A federal judge in California said in an order on Wednesday.

The revelation by US District Judge David O. Carter came as part of an ongoing legal battle between Eastman, a conservative lawyer behind the legal strategy to deny the state’s electoral votes, and the House Select Committee on Capitol over email. Investigated the January attack. It summoned Eastman.

Eastman has sought to keep emails — from an account he used while serving as dean at Chapman University — from the selection committee, claiming they are covered by the attorney-client and work product privileges. . Carter is reviewing the records to determine whether Eastman’s privilege claims apply to materials sought by the House panel.

In his 18-page order, Carter focused on a subset of 536 documents protected by attorney-client and work product privileges, and whether they should be disclosed under the crime-fraud exception, which applies to those documents and communications. those who proceeded illegally or fraudulently. The judge said the crime-fraud exception applies to eight communications, and he ordered all eight to be submitted to the selection committee.

Four of the eight, Carter wrote, were documents “in which Dr. Eastman and other lawyers suggest that – regardless of merit – the primary goal of filing [lawsuits] To delay or otherwise obstruct the January 6 vote.”

He cited an email from Trump’s lawyers saying that “[m]The pendency of this case in the Supreme Court, which has not been ruled, may be enough to delay Georgia’s consideration.”

Carter wrote, “This email, read in the context of other documents in this review, makes it clear that President Trump did not seek legal relief, but through the courts to obstruct or delay the January 6th congressional proceedings.” Some cases have been filed for “The court found that these four documents are sufficiently related to and hindering the offence.”

The remaining four, the judge said, “demonstrate an attempt by President Trump and his attorneys to suppress false claims in federal court for the purpose of delaying the January 6 vote. Evidence confirms that this effort was in at least one trial.” was recorded. Georgia.”

The order cites allegations filed by Trump and his attorneys in Georgia state court on December 4, 2020, that Fulton County incorrectly counted the votes of dead people, felons and unregistered voters.

The former president and his lawyers filed a complaint in federal court, citing the same number, even though Eastman relayed “concerns” from Trump’s legal team “specific in paragraphs dealing with criminals, deceased, transferred, etc.” About to include numbers,” wrote Carter, citing Eastman’s record.

Eastman, too, explained in a document reviewed by the court that Trump was made aware that some of the allegations were false.

“Although the President signed a verification [the state court filing] Back on December 1, he has since been made aware that some of the allegations (and the evidence presented by experts) are false. It would not be accurate for him to sign a new attestation (and incorporation by reference) with that knowledge,” Eastman wrote of Carter’s order.

Inaccurate figures, however, were included in the former president’s lawsuit filed in federal court, Carter wrote.

“President Trump, furthermore, signed a verification oath under oath that the included, incorrect numbers are ‘true and correct’ or ‘considered to be true and correct’ to the best of his knowledge and belief,” the judge said. “The emails show that President Trump knew that specific numbers of voter fraud were incorrect, but continued to tout those numbers both in court and in the public. are to increase. United States.”

Carter is previously held That Trump and Eastman “are no more likely than to obstruct official proceedings”—a January 6 joint session of Congress—violate federal law, and conspire to defraud the United States.

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