On Wednesday, a federal judge in California ruled that former US President Donald Trump had signed a sworn statement. He said that voter fraud statistics included in a lawsuit about the 2020 election were true, even though he knew the statistics were false.
Trump supporters ordered attorney John Eastman to provide additional emails to the congressional committee looking into the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
It was on January 6, 2021. Then U.S. District Judge David Carter made the disclosure.
Eastman was one of the former president’s lawyers when Trump and his supporters tried to overturn their loss to Joe Biden in 2020.
Requests for comment from representatives of Trump and Eastman were not immediately fulfilled.
On Wednesday, Carter claimed that Trump had “signed a verification swearing under oath”. The fraudulent vote counts in a Georgia county were “true and correct” or “believed to be true and correct.”
The judge stated, “The emails demonstrate that President Trump knew that the specific percentages of voter fraud were false. But continued to tout those percentages, both in court and to the public.”
By attempting to persuade his then-vice president to obstruct Congress, Eastman and Trump may have committed a felony by attempting to persuade
In response to a subpoena from Congress, Eastman sued on January 6 to stop the emails from being given to the select committee.
Carter had already told Eastman to give the committee access to more than 200 emails after Eastman’s lawyer fought the subpoena and said the emails were private.
The judge ruled on Wednesday that the vast majority of emails that congressional investigators are still requesting should not be disclosed. It is because they are subject to the same legal protections that lawyers and their clients enjoy.
Communications Used to Help the Crime
After deciding that the communications were used to help with a crime, he decided that eight emails that would normally be protected must be given to the committee.
Carter found four emails in which Eastman and other lawyers said that the main reason they filed lawsuits was to stop Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 election.
So that the vote wouldn’t happen on January 6, the judge said that four more emails “show that President Trump and his lawyers are trying to make false claims in federal court.”
Biden won the 2020 election despite the fact that Trump and his allies filed over 60 lawsuits contesting it. Some of which claimed voter fraud without any supporting data.
Judges, some of whom Trump appointed to the federal courts, vehemently rejected those cases.
Last week, the Jan. 6 select committee decided to subpoena Trump as part of its inquiry. In the upcoming weeks, a report on its conclusions is expected to be released.