Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Coup De Vill(ain)


In that twilight zone time between the last US Presidential election in November 2020 and Joe Biden's inauguration day in January of 2021 a very fine legal beagle named John Eastman was palling around with R. Guiliani ginning up all that bizarre stop the steal stuff in an Orwellian effort to 'Save America'.

Mr. Eastman, who once clerked for Clarence Thomas, was also Donald Trump's lawyer at the time.

Furthermore, it was Mr. Eastman who tried to convince Mike Pence to block the certification of the presidential vote on January 5th, 2021 and then blamed Pence for the violence at the US Capitol the next day.


It turns out that is wasn't the only thing the good Mr. Eastman was up to at the time:
...Attorney John Eastman urged Republican legislators in (the critical swing state of) Pennsylvania to retabulate the state’s popular vote — and throw out tens of thousands of absentee ballots — in order to show Donald Trump with a lead, according to newly unearthed emails sent in December 2020, as Trump pressured GOP lawmakers to subvert his defeat.

This recalculation, he posited in an exchange with one GOP state lawmaker, “would help provide some cover” for Republicans to replace Joe Biden’s electors from the state with a slate of pro-Trump electors, part of a last-ditch bid to overturn the election results.

Per the exchange, Eastman suggested that GOP legislators could simply cite their concerns with Pennsylvania’s absentee ballot procedures and then use historical data to “discount each candidates’ totals by a prorated amount based on the absentee percentage those candidates otherwise received.”

“Having done that math, you’d be left with a significant Trump lead that would bolster the argument for the Legislature adopting a slate of Trump electors — perfectly within your authority to do anyway, but now bolstered by the untainted popular vote,” Eastman wrote in a Dec. 4, 2020 email to Pennsylvania Rep. Russ Diamond. “That would help provide some cover.” ...

Imagine that.


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