California State Bar recommends disbarment for ex-Trump attorney over election efforts

The California State Bar has made a recommendation to disbar John Eastman, a former attorney for the Trump election, according to a filing made by a judge on Wednesday.

In January, the State Bar of California charged Eastman with multiple disciplinary counts. The allegations against Eastman claimed that he had engaged in a series of actions aimed at planning, promoting, and assisting then-President Trump in overturning the legitimate results of the 2020 presidential election. These actions were said to be unsupported by facts or law.

According to State Bar Court Judge Yvette D. Roland, Eastman’s misconduct occurred while he was representing President Trump and the Trump Campaign. Judge Roland stated that Eastman’s actions went beyond ethical boundaries as he advocated for and participated in a strategy to dispute the 2020 presidential election results without sufficient evidence or legal support.

The judge concluded that, considering the circumstances surrounding Eastman’s misconduct and weighing the aggravating and mitigating factors, it is recommended that Eastman should be disbarred.

According to the judge, Eastman displayed a clear unwillingness to acknowledge his ethical lapses and take responsibility for his actions. This suggests a lack of acceptance and accountability on his part.

According to Roland, Eastman’s evident lack of remorse “poses a substantial risk that he may continue to engage in unethical behavior, further exacerbating the danger to the public.”

According to ABC News, Eastman’s attorney, Randall Miller, stated that Eastman firmly believes that his assessment of the post-election issues in November 2020 was rooted in dependable legal precedent.

According to Miller, the process carried out by Dr. Eastman in 2020 reflects the routine procedures followed by lawyers on a daily basis, regardless of location. He emphasizes that this is the fundamental role of lawyers. Miller expresses confidence that if today’s ruling restricts this principle, the Review Court will promptly offer a solution.

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According to the California bar investigators, Eastman is accused of drafting memos that contained “demonstrably false and misleading statements.” These memos served as the foundation for the “legal strategies” that sought to persuade then-Vice President Mike Pence to intervene in the certification of the 2020 election.

The disbarment proceedings started in June and included testimonies from Greg Jacob, Pence’s legal counsel, state election officials from various states, and experts who Eastman relied on to support his false claims of widespread election fraud.

In August, special counsel Jack Smith brought an indictment against former President Donald Trump for federal election interference, naming Eastman as one of the six alleged co-conspirators.

In a separate incident, Eastman is facing charges alongside Trump and other co-defendants in a criminal case related to election interference in Georgia. Eastman has entered a plea of not guilty in this matter.

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