Washington— Conservative attorney John Eastman is trying to protect more than 3,200 documents, totaling 36,106 pages, from the House select committee investigating the Jan. attorney-client about the records regarding his work for former President Donald Trump and his presidential campaign.
Eastman told U.S. District Judge David Carter in the status report filed as part of his ongoing legal dispute with the House panel that investigators objected to “all claims” of attorney-client privilege and work product protection that he stated in the pages. Carter will now review the contested documents and decide whether they should be turned over to the selected committee.
Politico first reported on the records Eastman is trying to keep from House investigators.
Eastman, a former law professor at Chapman University, was the driving force behind the legal strategy to justify Trump’s attempts to stay in office after he lost the 2020 presidential election to President Biden. The effort focused on a plan for Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, to reject electoral votes from key states won by Biden. Pence ended up rejecting the plan, arguing that he lacked the authority to carry it out.
Eastman used his Chapman email account to communicate about efforts to overturn the election results, and the House select committee issued a subpoena to the school in January for records related to the presidential race or the January 6 attack.
But Eastman sought to keep the committee’s emails, arguing that they included information that would be protected by attorney-client secrecy and attorney professional secrecy. He asked a federal district court to bar the panel from serving his subpoena and bar Chapman from complying, a request that eventually launched a sweeping review of the records requested by the House committee.
Carterthat Eastman had to deliver 101 emails exchanged between January 4, 2021 and January 7, 2021, a more restricted portion of records involving an important period for House investigators. The judge also found it “more likely that President Trump corruptly attempted to obstruct” Congressional proceedings on Jan.
“Dr. Eastman and President Trump have launched a campaign to overturn a democratic election, an action unprecedented in American history,” he wrote in his 44-page decision. “Their campaign was not limited to the ivory tower – it was a coup in search of legal theory.”
Eastman’s latest record revealing the more than 36,000 pages of emails he is trying to retain is part of the broader review of his emails from Chapman. More than 94,000 pages met the terms of the selected committee under its subpoena, although nearly 30,000 were removed because they were mass mailings, according to the file.
Eastman produced 25,319 pages of records and another 231 pages in response to the committee’s objections.
According to the court filing, Eastman claimed “various privileges” over 40,656 pages involving customers or potential customers, and the panel did not object to his claims over 3,006 pages. Among the remaining 37,650 pages in question, Carter reviewed 336 pages and required Eastman in his March ruling to hand over the 101 documents, for a total of 315 pages.
The House select committee objected to Eastman’s claims of privilege on the remaining 3,247 documents totaling 36,106 pages.