Former US President Donald Trump may have broken the law by trying to alter the results of the 2020 election. This is evidenced by new court documents released by the Parliamentary Committee investigating the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Trump and some of his allies are said to have participated in a plot to defraud the United States and obstruct an official measure of Congress: the electoral vote counting.
The Court documents It was brought to federal court in Los Angeles and investigated by Washington Post† The documents are part of an ongoing lawsuit from John Eastman, the attorney who advised Trump on a plan to invalidate election results in some US states. Eastman sued the investigative committee in December to block a congressional subpoena requiring him to hand over thousands of emails.
These emails should show that Eastman tried to persuade former Vice President Mike Pence not to confirm the January 6 election results. Eastman refuses to hand over emails due to duty of confidentiality as a lawyer, reports Washington Post† A lawyer in Eastman said in a statement on Wednesday that he stands by that position.
The members of the investigative committee state in their judicial documents that the evidence and information they collected provide a good basis for suspecting that Trump and others committed criminal or fraudulent acts and that the attorney assisted them in doing so. According to them, Trump and his campaign tried to prevent the Electoral College votes from being counted.
The investigative committee does not have the authority to bring charges against Trump and his allies, but it does allow Washington Post You know she’s considering turning over the evidence to the Department of Justice. Such a move might be seen as a symbolic move, but it could also increase political pressure on Attorney General Merrick Garland to formally convict Trump.