State Bar investigating OC professor who advised Trump to void election

John Eastman speaks next to Rudy Giuliani, as Trump supporters rally ahead of the January 6 uprising. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

the California State Bar revealed on Tuesday that he had opened an ethics investigation into former Chapman University law professor John Eastman, who served as legal counsel to President Donald Trump and advised him on the 2020 election cancellation.

The state bar said it had been investigating Eastman since September to determine whether he had “engaged in conduct in violation of California law and attorney ethics rules as a result of and in connection with with the presidential election of November 2020”.

Eastman’s attorney, Randall Miller, said his client believes the investigation will clear him.

“Dr. Eastman, a nationally recognized constitutional lawyer and scholar, represented former President Trump in several election challenges,” Miller said in a statement. represented his client zealously, thoroughly exploring legal and constitutional means to advance his client’s interests, and following this representation, he also sought to protect his client’s privileged communications “at his own risk” . »

Eastman attended the rally leading up to the Jan. 6 uprising on Capitol Hill and provided a plan to Trump that then-Vice President Mike Pence would block certification of the election so that new voters from state could be named that could invalidate the election results.

The controversial law professor was kicked out of Chapman when several faculty members objected to his portrayal of Trump, as the former president made often-denied claims about a ‘rigged’ election that led to his defeat by Joe Biden.

Eastman sued the congressional committee on Jan. 6 after Chapman agreed to release about 30,000 emails to the committee from his law school account. U.S. District Judge David Carter denied Eastman’s request for an injunction, but Eastman’s attorneys and the commission are negotiating which emails would not be considered privileged and which could be delivered.

City News Service contributed to this article.

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