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Trump’s Former Lawyer John Eastman Arrested in Phoenix Over His 2020 Election Legal Work

Former President Donald Trump’s former attorney and constitutional legal scholar, John Eastman, was arrested, booked, and arraigned Friday in Phoenix over his role in the 2020 election. Democratic Attorney General Kris Mayes brought charges and secured indictments in April against him, Arizona’s alternate Republican slate of electors, and a few others, including Rudy Giuliani and Trump’s former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

Trump is an unindicted co-conspirator.

Eastman, who voluntarily surrendered to arrest, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, fraud, forgery, and related felony charges. The indictment, which was initially released without his name and a few of the others since they had not been served yet, accused him of pressuring the Arizona Legislature to “change the results of the election.”

It said he “encouraged the Republican electors to vote on December 14, 2020, and spread false claims of widespread election fraud.” Additionally, it said he attempted to convince Vice President Mike Pence to “reject or at least delay the confirmation of the lawfully chosen electors.”

Eastman provided a statement outside the courthouse after the arraignment.

“These charges should’ve never been brought. I pled not guilty. I had zero communications with the electors in Arizona. Zero involvement in any of the election litigation in Arizona or legislative hearings. I’m confident that if the law is faithfully applied I will be fully exonerated at the end of this process,” he said.

After the press conference, a reporter asked him, “Can you tell voters why they were in jeopardy of losing 1.7 million votes because of your legal theory?” Eastman responded, “That’s a pretty skewed question; I won’t answer it.”

Eastman is the first of the indicted defendants to be arraigned. Most of the others are scheduled to be arraigned on May 21, including nine of the 11 alternate electors. Meadows is scheduled to be arraigned on June 7. Prosecutors have been unable to serve Giuliani.

Eastman also pleaded not guilty to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s RICO prosecution.

California disciplinary court judge Yvette Roland, who funneled donations to a Democratic SuperPAC that fights against election integrity, said she disbarred Eastman primarily for advising Trump of various options for dealing with the election illegalities.

Eastman’s disbarment trial lasted over 30 days. It included testimony from some of the country’s leading experts on election integrity, including physicist and auditor John Droz, retired IT professional Garland Favorito of VoterGA, retired Department of Defense analyst Ray Blehar, and former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman. They discussed many instances of laws being violated, with Favorito listing instances of election fraud.

Berkeley constitutional law professor John Yoo, considered one of the country’s leading constitutional law experts, testified extensively about how the vice president historically had substantive authority over whether to accept electoral slates. He said he’d only encountered one other legal expert who disagreed and reviewed historical examples where the vice president had exercised that power.

Eastman is appealing the disbarment. Four other states have charged alternate slates of Republican electors with fraud, forgery, and conspiracy, which are class 2, 4, and 5 felonies, respectively.

In addition to Eastman, the defendants whose names were initially redacted from the indictment since they had not been served when it was first published are Boris Epshteyn, Christina Bobb, Jenna Ellis, and Michael Roman.

The alternate electors in Arizona named as defendants are:

  • Kelli Ward
  • Michael Ward
  • Nancy Cottle
  • Loraine B. Pellegrino
  • Tyler Bowyer
  • Jake Hoffman
  • Anthony T. Kern
  • James Lamon
  • Robert Montgomery
  • Samuel I. Moorhead
  • Greg Safsten

READ 46 COMMENTS
  • Sherri Hostuttler says:

    we all know this is ALL political!!!!!!

  • Sherri Hostuttler says:

    Democrats want to put fear into the American people so we will never try and fight them!

  • MaryJo says:

    I’m not sure what California has to do with Arizona’ s elections, but a judge Yvette. Roland , who funnelled their Democratic Super PAC money said it was to ” fight against election integrity.” !!!! That may have been a mistake, but in reality it was the whole truth in our face!!! That is exactly what they have been doing, f
    Fighting AGAINST Election Integrity !!!! For. Many. Years!!!

  • Viet Vet says:

    The democommunists are making an all out attempt at one-party government in preparation for the Left’s over all intention of forging a World Socialist, no-borders, Government. This is part of the plan that has caused the wild migration across the planet, handing away our sovereignty, intensely going after our second amendment and the first, ninth and tenth amendments, extreme criminal lawfare against Donald Trump (as they see him as leading the opposition to it all), stealing of elections across the country, prosecuting people who made note of the stolen elections, etc. They have to be stopped or our sovereign nation predicated on free enterprise economy, limited federal government, property rights, religious rights, firearms right and liberty will cease to exist. The world will go dark. They have to be STOPPED! Bad actors include Barack Obama (a noted communist), Joe Bribem (a noted plagiarist and pedophile), the WEF, the UN, the FBI, the CIA and most members and operatives of the democommunist party.

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