‘Coup Memo’ lawyer now blames Mike Pence for failing to reject election
Controversial right-wing lawyer and Donald Trump ally John Eastman admitted to a progressive activist posing as a fan that he relied on former Vice President Mike Pence to thwart U.S. voters and throw the results of the 2020 presidential election.
But Pence turned out to be too much of an “establishment man at the end of the day,” Eastman complained on video.
Eastman made the damning confession on Saturday to Lauren Windsor from the popular political online tv show “The underlying current”, who claimed to be a “huge” Trump supporter and admirer of Eastman as she spoke to him at the annual Right wing gala Claremont Institute, where Eastman is a senior fellow. (Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was honored at the Huntington Beach, California event.)
Eastman has been criticized for two notorious “memos” he wrote detailing several ways Pence – without any real evidence of fraud – could challenge and manipulate the number of electoral votes to reduce Joe Biden’s number in the election presidential just enough for overturn voters’ choice and throw the decision in the United States House.
Eastman, who is should be called to testify before the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurgency on the U.S. Capitol, was recently quick to distance himself from his memos. He told The National Review in an interview earlier this month that Pence’s rejection of the election votes was not “liveable” and such a strategy would have been “crazy” to continue.
He actually called himself in the interview “white knight heroWhich pushed then President Donald Trump back from the edge of more radical action, which he did not detail.
But in his interview with Windsor – a day after the National Review interview appeared – he bragged about his legal sense and criticized Pence for not unilaterally wresting the power to choose a president from voters. He said there was “no doubt” that his legal reasoning was “totally sound,” as Windsor called it.
Eastman was reportedly part of a “war room” of Trump allies – which also included former Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and former White House strategist Steve Bannon – who plotted at the hotel Willard from Washington to reverse Biden’s victory.
Eastman “presented scenarios to deny Biden the presidency” and “subvert[ing] the will of the voters ”also at a Jan. 4 White House meeting with Trump and Pence, The Washington Post reported.
Information that continues to emerge about behind-the-scenes plots to keep Trump in the White House despite his electoral defeat paint a clearer picture of the January 6 insurgency as part of a premeditated plan rather than a spontaneous riot supporters of Trump.