Trump’s former lawyer John Eastman called on Pennsylvania lawmakers to scrap absentee ballots to nullify Biden’s victory

Emails from John Eastman were provided to the committee on January 6th.

“For example, depending on how many ballots were counted that were received after the legal deadline (let’s say 10,000 for example purposes), those 10,000 votes should be thrown out, and you can take the ratio of absentee ballots for each candidate in the counties late arrivals – ballots received were illegally counted and the prorated amount deducted from each candidate’s total,” Eastman wrote Pennsylvania Republican State Representative Russ Diamond on December 4, 2020.

“So, having done those calculations, you would be left with a significant Trump advantage that would strengthen the case for the Legislature to adopt a list of Trump electors, well within their authority to do so anyway, but now backed by the immaculate popular vote. ,” he continued. “That would help provide some cover.”

The Colorado Institute of Ethics obtained Eastman’s emails through a Freedom of Information Act request for communications from Eastman while he was working for the University of Colorado-Boulder from August 2020 to May 2021.

The Denver Post first reported on the emails, which were later obtained by ABC News.

Eastman is under investigation by the Jan. 6 committee, and a judge recently ruled that he must turn over some documents to the committee that he had been holding. He drafted a plan for Trump to cling to power by falsely claiming that then-Vice President Mike Pence could turn away legitimate voters during the 2020 presidential election.

ABC News exclusively reported that Eastman was recently part of a small group of Trump allies who secured a private meeting in March to try to convince the Republican leader of the Wisconsin State Assembly to overturn the certification of Biden’s victory.

Eastman was subpoenaed in November 2021 by the congressional committee investigating the January 6 attack on Capitol Hill. He had been denying the panel’s request for documents, citing attorney-client privilege, until a federal judge ordered most of them turned over.

Will Steakin and Laura Romero of ABC News contributed to this report.

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