Paul L. Caron

Friday, February 25, 2022

Former Chapman Law Prof John Eastman Resists House Jan. 6 Committee's Subpoena, Says Former Dean Knew Of His Work For Trump

Following up on my previous posts (links below):  ABA Journal, Former Chapman Law Prof Says Ex-Dean Knew Of His Work For Trump; 2 Students Were 'Thrilled' to Help:

Eastman 2Retired Chapman University law professor John Eastman is denying the school’s claim that his election legal work for former President Donald Trump wasn’t authorized by the school.

Eastman said in a Feb. 22 declaration he told Matthew Parlow, then the law school’s dean, about his work, reports. Eastman said he consulted with Parlow about a brief filed on behalf of Trump, and he removed “c/o Chapman University” from the signature block based on Parlow’s concern about its use “given the contentiousness of the post-election litigation.” ...

Eastman also said he enlisted two Chapman law students to assist with the representation, and they were “thrilled” to do the work., In New Filing, John Eastman Says 2 Chapman Law Students Helped With Donald Trump's Post-Election Work:

“Far from being ‘unauthorized,’ ... the brief was submitted in line with prior precedent and common practice at the University and with the advance knowledge of the Law School’s Dean,” Eastman wrote. ...

The declaration accompanies a 41-page brief detailing Eastman’s attorney-privilege claims to his Chapman emails and other communications, which have been subpoenaed by the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. ...

House General Counsel Douglas Letter, representing the Jan. 6 Committee, has until March 2 to file his opposition to Eastman’s brief. A hearing is scheduled March 9. ...

“We’re finding out lots and lots of information, and Professor Eastman appears to be a central player in the development of a legal strategy to justify a coup. Which is obviously extremely troubling, and some of this therefore goes to the very heart of what the committee is looking into,” Letter said during the Feb. 14 Zoom hearing.

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