What Trump wanted Pence to do ‘wasn’t just wrong, it was illegal and unconstitutional’

Then-President Donald Trump visits the Oval Office in December 2020. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

During today’s hearing focused on former President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence to oppose certification of the 2020 election, the committee will detail many examples of attorneys he trusts and/or appoints. the legal challenges were without merit.

Despite that advice, Trump ignored those voices and went in search of lawyers who would basically tell him what he wanted to hear.

House Select Committee sources say the committee will detail through evidence and testimony how lawyer after lawyer warned Trump that the plan to use Pence as a means to deny certification was on shaky legal ground and could lead to major problems, including standing in the way of the peaceful transfer of power.

A source described Trump’s effort as closing door after door, but instead of backing down, he kept looking for new doors to open until he found a lawyer who would open the door to the legal challenge he wanted: John Eastman.

A bit of context: In an email exchange between Eastman and Pence’s attorney, Greg Jacob, who came out in legal proceedings earlier this yearEastman acknowledged that Trump’s demands had no legal basis.

During the afternoon of January 6, 2021, Jacob wrote: “Have you advised this President that in your professional judgment the Vice President DOES NOT have the authority to decide things unilaterally?” to which Eastman replied, “It was so advised, as you know because you were on the phone when I did it. I shouldn’t discuss any other conversations… BUT you know it – once that ‘he’s got something in his head, it’s hard to make him change course’.

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