Eastman’s move is an extraordinary claim by someone who worked closely with Trump to try to overturn the 2020 election results. He met with Trump and pushed state legislative leaders to reject the victory of Biden in a handful of states swinging and appointing alternate voters to the Electoral College, thereby denying Biden’s victory.
The former Chapman University law professor also lobbied Pence, who is constitutionally bound to chair the Electoral College certification on January 6, to wholeheartedly refuse to count some of Biden’s voters and send electing the entire House for one vote – or delaying long enough to give states a chance to nominate new voters.
Eastman also spoke at Trump’s January 6 rally alongside Rudy Giuliani.
Most of Burnham’s letter makes procedural objections to the January 6 committee structure …
… Eastman, who is also a senior researcher at the Claremont Institute, is said to be the second known witness of the Jan. 6 committee to plead the fifth to avoid self-incrimination. The other, former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, revealed his decision to the Jan. 6 panel the same day Burnham sent his letter. After Clark’s last-minute decision, the committee scheduled a deposition on Saturday to allow him to formally assert his Fifth Amendment rights and discuss whether they will accept it as a legitimate claim.
Eastman may be faced with similar questions.