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Trump-aligned lawyer blamed Mike Pence for Capitol riot, emails show

Emails have come to light showing that an attorney for Trump was emailing a Pence aide in the midst of the Capitol riot on January 6.

The Washington Post revealed an email exchange that took place on January 6, where Trump’s people accused Pence for causing the “siege” for not doing more to change the results so Trump would win the presidency. The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack is taking this information into account as they continue searching for evidence.

After the riot began, which caused lawmakers in both the House and Senate chambers to flee and hide, an attorney emailed an aide for former Vice President Mike Pence. The attorney, John Eastman, had previously spoken at the “Stop the Steal” Protest occurring in D.C. that morning.

Then, while Pence was hiding, he emailed Greg Jacon, the chief counsel for Pence where he claimed, “The ‘siege’ is because YOU and your boss did not do what was necessary to allow this to be aired in a public way so that the American people can see for themselves what happened.” This was in reference to Pence certifying the election results.

Jacob responded to Eastman placing the blame back on him instead, saying that Eastman’s “bulls–t” legal advice was why Pence’s team was “under siege.” Jacob allegedly later apologized for using profanity but maintained his belief that Eastman’s advice and beliefs were “snake oil”.

Jacob went on to write an article, which he ultimately chose not to publish. In it, he wrote that Eastman, along with Trump’s personal attorney Rudolph Guilliani, were in a “cadre of outside lawyers” and had “spun a web of lies and disinformation” which they hoped would push Pence to “betray his oath of office and the Constitution”. 

Jacob also thought Trump’s legal team should be prosecuted, writing, “Now that the moment of immediate crisis has passed, the legal profession should dispassionately examine whether the attorneys involved should be disciplined for using their credentials to sell a stream of snake oil to the most powerful office in the world, wrapped in the guise of a lawyer’s advice.” A lawyer for Giulianni, Robert Costello, responded to this by saying, “This is an opinion piece, and not surprisingly, he agrees with his own opinion.”

Reports have surfaced saying that Pence was looking for ways to help Trump take back the presidency, but felt that there were no legal ways to do so. Trump had asked him not to certify the results and instead send the results back to the states where Joe Biden had won. He believed that fraud had taken place in any state in which he did not win, barring states where there is an overwhelming blue majority, such as California or New York.

ARTICLE: RITA VOGT

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK TIMES

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