In today’s hearing focused on the effort by former President Donald Trump to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence to stand in the way of the certification of the 2020 election, the committee will detail numerous examples of Trump being informed by attorneys he trusted and or appointed that the legal challenges were without merit.
Despite that advice, Trump ignored those voices and went in search of lawyers that would essentially tell him what he wanted to hear.
House select committee sources say the committee will detail in specificity through evidence and witness testimony, how attorney after attorney warned Trump that the plan to use Pence as a way to deny the certification was on shaky legal ground and could lead to major problems including standing in the way of the peaceful transfer of power.
One source described Trump’s effort as have door after door closed in his face, but instead of backing down he kept looking for new doors to open until he found an attorney who would open the door to making the legal challenge he wanted: John Eastman.
Some context: In an email exchange between Eastman and Pence lawyer Greg Jacob, which came out in a court proceeding earlier this year, Eastman acknowledged there was no legal merit to Trump’s demands.
During the afternoon of Jan. 6, 2021, Jacob wrote: “Did you advise that President that in your professional judgment the Vice President DOES NOT have the power to decide things unilaterally?” to which Eastman responded, “He’s been so advised, as you know because you were on the phone when I did it. I should not discuss other convos … BUt you know him — once he get something in his head it it hard to get him to change course”.