Trump adviser seems to have known his ‘Fake Elector’ plan was wasted

Trump adviser seems to have known his 'Fake Elector' plan was wasted

During its third day of hearings, the committee provided evidence that attorney John Eastman, who publicly advocated the theory that former Vice President Mike Pence had the authority to certify false voters to keep the former president in power, privately acknowledged has that it probably does not stand up in court.

Eastman admitted to Pence’s attorney Greg Jacob that he believes the Supreme Court will probably unanimously reject the plan, Jacob testified. Eastman seemed to have more confidence in an alternative idea to postponing the certification of the election: Pence could send election results back to the states.

Both of these efforts were part of a broader effort to stop Congress from certifying the election results – a normal routine procedure that caused an uprising on January 6, 2021. The January 6 committee on Thursday argued that Trump and his allies, including Eastman, spurred the attack on the Capitol by lying about the election.

The “false voter” theory was part of that conspiracy. After Trump lost the 2020 election to incumbent President Joe Biden, Republicans in seven battlefield states have devised plans to form alternative voter lists to help reverse the results.

Eastman told Jacob that if Pence did certify these voters, the Supreme Court would oppose him.

“[Eastman] initially started, ‘Well, maybe you’ll just lose 7-2,’ but eventually admitted that, no, we’ll lose 9-0. No judge will support his argument, “Jacob testified.

That acknowledgment can be used to argue that Trump’s outside attorney knew he was committing a crime when he put pressure on the vice president to block the counting of election votes.

The committee also revealed Thursday that Eastman requested a pardon from Trump in the wake of the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

“I have decided I should be on the waiver list, if it is still in the works,” Eastman wrote in an email to Trump’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.