Trump lawyer blamed Pence for causing attack on Capitol: report

A lawyer for ex President TrumpDonald Trump Candidates Sue After Pennsylvania County Sent Hundreds Of Ballots To Wrong Addresses Harris Makes One Last Pitch For McAuliffe Overnight Defense & National Security – Biden Speaks On Afghanistan, Submarine Deals In Europe MORE emailed an aide to the former vice president Mike penceMichael (Mike) Richard Pence Photos of the Week: Bipawtisan Dog Costume Parade, California Floods, and Tiger Cubs Pence Talks About School Problems in Loudoun County Ahead of Virginia Elections Who’s Brave Enough to Be Trump’s running mate in 2024? PLUS during the attack on the Capitol, blaming Pence for the January 6 insurrection, according to emails obtained by The Washington Post.

Attorney John Eastman, who worked closely with the former president, emailed Greg Jacob, a former Pence aide, accusing Trump’s No. 2 of causing the Capitol uprising that led to several deaths, including that of officers. from the Capitol Police.

Eastman alleged that Pence caused the violence on January 6 because he did not block the certification of electoral college votes while presiding over the Senate, a list for the acting vice president that is largely ceremonial.

Trump had falsely claimed before the attack that Pence “has the power to reject fraudulently elected voters,” in a tweet.

“The ‘siege’ is because YOU and your boss did not do what was necessary to allow this to be aired publicly so that the American people can see for themselves what happened,” Eastman said in an email to Jacob, referring to allegations of widespread electoral fraud.

The New York Times later confirmed the email of the Post by a person informed about the content of the exchange.

The email came as supporters of the former president ransacked the Capitol and Pence, as well as his staff in a secure area.

Pence was evacuated from the Senate chamber after rioters breached Capitol security. Footage the following day revealed that the insurgents were shouting death threats against the former vice president.

The email from Trump’s former attorney came after Jacob sent an email to Eastman blaming Trump for the Capitol riots for continually saying the elections were “rigged.”

“Thanks to your bull … we’re under siege now,” Jacob said in an email. Jacob later apologized to Eastman for swearing in the email, but kept his comment.

Trump and his allies have repeated that the 2020 presidential election was “rigged” and tainted by widespread electoral fraud due to the use of mail-in ballots. However, federal and state election officials, including Trump’s former United States Attorney General Bill Barr, have said there was no evidence of widespread election fraud.

At the time that Trump publicly stated that Pence had the option to block the results, Pence rejected these calls.

In an opinion piece Jacob wrote about Trump’s outside legal team obtained by the Post, he said that Eastman’s email showed “a shocking lack of awareness of how those practical implications were playing out in real time.”

Jacob’s op-ed was never published.

Jacob said outside attorneys “wove a web of lies and misinformation” to try to force Pence to oppose the election results.

“Now that the moment of immediate crisis has passed, the legal profession must dispassionately examine whether the attorneys involved should be disciplined for using their credentials to sell a stream of snake oil to the most powerful office in the world, cloaked in the guise of advice from a lawyer, ”Jacob said in the op-ed, according to the Post.

Eastman confirmed the email exchange to the Post, but added that Trump and his team had every right to exhaust their legal options.

“Are you not supposed to do anything about it?” Eastman asked the newspaper.

In his opinion piece obtained by the newspaper, Jacob also alleged that a lawyer for Trump was present at a January 5 meeting, no one at the US Supreme Court would support Pence rejecting the election results.

Sources interviewed by the Post with knowledge of the discussions said that at the end of the meeting, Eastman admitted that having the vice president reject the results was not a good plan.

Eastman denied making any concessions about Pence’s role in Senate oversight. He also denied encouraging the plan for Pence to reject the results. He said the claim was, “Distorting the conversation, which largely depends on the scenario being discussed,” according to the Post.

The Hill has reached out to Pence’s spokesperson and Trump’s spokesperson for comment.

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