West Point Grads Demand Fellow Alum Resign as State Rep Over Oath Keepers Membership
Eastman has been uninvited from events after he drew a comparison between Biden and Adolf Hitler and posted a link to a Holocaust denial site on social media.A letter was signed by 69 fellow West Point graduates calling for Eastman to step down after his membership in the Oath Keepers, a right-wing extremist group, became public.
John Eastman, an attorney who aided then-President Donald Trump in his efforts to overturn the results of last year’s presidential election, plans to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in the Jan. 6 select committee’s investigation of the events leading up to the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to a letter from his attorney.
Charles Burnham, Eastman’s lawyer, wrote in a letter to committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson this week that his client “hereby asserts his Fifth Amendment right not to be a witness against himself in response to your subpoena.”
In the letter, Burnham wrote, “Members of this very Committee have openly spoken of making criminal referrals to the Department of Justice and described the Committee’s work in terms of determining ‘guilt or innocence.’”
Doggie dupe, toxic Tahoe cables, semiconductor plant: News from around our 50 states
Rare first printing of US Constitution bound for Arkansas, highway’s neighborhood impact may get fix in Michigan, and moreStart the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning.
LIZ CHENEY: IT’S MCCARTHY’S OWN FAULT JAN. 6 PANEL HAS NO REPUBLICANS APPOINTED BY HIM
“Dr. Eastman has a more than reasonable fear that any statements he makes pursuant to this subpoena will be used in an attempt to mount a criminal investigation against him,” the letter states.
Eastman reportedly worked alongside Trump to try to overturn the 2020 election results, even pressuring then-Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to certify those results. Pence did ultimately approve certification of the outcome, saying he lacked the constitutional authority to reject certain electors, in a move that fractured his relationship with Trump.
Eastman also reportedly tried to pressure swing state lawmakers to reject Biden’s victory and send alternate electors to the Electoral College. He also spoke at Trump’s Jan. 6 rally outside the White House prior to the riot.
Key takeaways from Jan. 6 hearing: Powerful testimony counters revisionist history
The House select committee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol held its first hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Here are key takeaways."We're going to revisit some of those moments today, and it won't be easy," Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said to open the hearing, while praising the officers for holding the line. "But history will remember your names and your actions.
Burnham wrote to Thompson that he and Eastman object to “the legal propriety of your subpoena,” arguing that the “lack of a ranking minority member makes it impossible for this Committee to comply with clearly applicable House rules.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected some of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s appointees to the panel after some of his picks were characterized as too close to matters under investigation by the committee. Pelosi later appointed Republicans Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger to the panel, and Thompson later named Cheney vice chairwoman of the committee.
The select committee this week voted to recommend holding former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with their subpoena. Shortly before the vote, Clark’s lawyer told the panel his client planned to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights against incriminating himself.
Jan. 6 committee live updates: Police officers recount attack at 1st hearing
The House select committee on Jan. 6 is holding its first hearing. Lawmakers will hear from police officers who defended the Capitol from the attack.The panel is hearing from law enforcement officers who defended the building, including Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn and Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanone. They both lobbied lawmakers in May, alongside the family of fallen Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, to form a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate the attack -- an effort Republicans blocked in the Senate.
The committee is scheduled to permit him to do so on Saturday and to discuss whether they will accept his claims to a Fifth Amendment right as legitimate within their investigation. Eastman will likely face a similar debate.
Thompson said at a Rules Committee meeting this week that his committee is “not throwing around contempt referrals left and right.”
“Mr. Clark previously had the opportunity to make Fifth Amendment assertions on the record and declined. But a Fifth Amendment privilege assertion is very significant,” Thompson said, adding the committee “has agreed to provide him another chance to come in and assert that privilege on a question-by-question basis, which he’s required to do by law if he’s making such a claim. He agreed to come in, and we will reconvene the deposition Saturday. But we cannot be delayed. The Select Committee’s work is too important. We must be ready to act quickly if Mr. Clark remains in defiance of the Select Committee’s subpoena.”
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER
At the same meeting, Cheney said the committee plans to hold “multiple weeks of public hearings” next year on the events leading up to the riot.
Jim Banks accuses Jan. 6 committee of 'intentionally misleading witnesses'
Tags:News, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Nancy Pelosi, Liz Cheney, Kevin McCarthy, January 6
Original Author:Kate Scanlon
Original Location:Ex-Trump lawyer John Eastman plans to plead the Fifth to the Jan. 6 committee
Why the January 6 Investigation Is Weirdly Static .
The House committee can still succeed, but success won't look like what a lot of onlookers are hoping for.The efforts to determine what happened on January 6, in other words, are moving forward. But in another sense, the landscape of post-insurrection investigations seems weirdly static. Though a steady stream of rioters are pleading guilty to relatively minor offenses, the Justice Department has yet to announce any breakthroughs in untangling the planning of the attack or unveil any blockbuster charges such as insurrection or “seditious conspiracy.