John Eastman, attorney for former President Donald Trump’s campaign who is the author of a plan for then Vice President Mike Pence to announce that the Electoral College would vote for Mr. Trump, begging for the fifth amendment to the selected committee investigating the January 6 riots in the Capitol.
Politico reported that Mr. Eastman’s attorney sent a letter to Representative Bennie Thompson, chair of the committee, saying he asserted his client’s right not to witness against himself.
“As explained below, Dr. Eastman has faced suggestions from multiple sources that he should be criminally investigated for serving as an adviser to former President Trump.” Charles Burnham writes. In particular, Mr. Burnham noted how members of the committee talked about referring criminals to the Department of Justice and determining the terms “guilty” or innocent.
“NS. Eastman has a more reasonable fear that any statements he makes under this subpoena will be used to attempt to investigate crimes against him,” Mr. Burnham wrote.
The letter protested many aspects of the committee, noting how it lacked “ranked minority members”, although that came after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew members. member when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi turned down the seats of Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan. Committee.
“Secondly, your extremely extensive subpoena goes beyond even the most widely read Commission authorization resolution in requesting documents that are not reasonably related to the events of June 6. January,” he said.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/capitol-riot-committee-john-eastman-plead-b1969599.html Attorney John Eastman defends the fifth time at the Commission on January 6