Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa obtained a two-page memo. It reveals the technique devised by controversial attorney John Eastman to persuade Pence, the vice president at the time, to cancel the election. This memo, which was also available on CNN, is just one of many attempts by Donald Trump and his team to reverse the 2020 electoral failure. As a reminder, many appeals have been rejected by the US courts.
According to “Peril,” this memo from John Eastman was notably sent to Republican Senator Mike Lee from Utah. The book also explains how the attorney for the 45th President of the United States, Rudy Giuliani, tried to convince Senator Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) of electoral fraud. The two senators found the arguments put to them unfounded. “You could also present your case to Queen Elizabeth II. Congress can’t do that. They’re wasting their time,” Lee responded to Trump’s lawyers trying to overturn the results in Georgia.
Eastman planned to cancel the results in seven states. This would have allowed Mike Pence to declare Trump the winner with 232 votes from voters, to 222 for Biden.
Counteract democratic anger
The note also anticipates the anger of the opposing political camp, notes CNN. Pence then had to declare that no candidate having reached 270 electoral college votes, the election was referred to the House of Representatives where each state has one vote. With Republicans controlling 26 state delegations, a majority could vote for Trump to win the election.
On January 4, in the Oval Office, Trump and Eastman allegedly offered Pence the tactic for the first time. “You really must listen to John. He is a respected scholar of the Constitution. Listen to him,” Donald Trump allegedly insisted on Mike Pence, according to lines written by Woodward and Costa.
The memo suggests that Pence act without warning. “The point is that the Constitution grants this power to the vice president as the highest arbitrator. We must take all our actions bearing this in mind,” the note insists. But Pence did not follow the plan devised by Trump and his men. The vice president believed that the Constitution did not grant him more power than the scrutiny of the electoral college votes.
The work of the Washington Post journalists comes to light on Tuesday and this memo could have real political influence. The House Select Committee is currently investigating the Jan. 6 insurgency on Capitol Hill. A source close to the investigation told CNN that this memo “shows the intention, a sophisticated plan, a plan to nullify and steal the elections in an illegal and unconstitutional manner by Trump and his team based on information and information ‘arguments. false and misleading legal “.