House Jan. 6 committee now wants former Trump lawyer Eastman to testify, report

Members of the Democrat-controlled panel think Eastman tried to convince then-Vice President Mike Pence he could overturn election results

Updated: October 27, 2021 - 9:34am

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​The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot reportedly wants testimony from John Eastman, a conservative attorney and legal adviser to former President Trump, and plans to subpoena him if he doesn't voluntarily comply.

The plan to seek testimony from Eastman, who presented a constitutional argument for contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, was reported first by The Washington Post.

Members of the Democrat-controlled panel think Eastman tried to convince then-Vice President Mike Pence, based on his argument, that he could overturn the election results on Jan. 6.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat on the committee, told CNN that members need "to determine to what extent there was an organized effort against Vice President Pence and we believe that ...  some of the actors' names have become known, including John Eastman, who laid it out in a memo."

​Eastman outlined a legal strategy to throw out the election results in a two-page memo obtained by new outlets. He is one of several members of Trump's inner circle whom the committee has asked to testify, including former White House aide Steve Bannon, who was held in contempt for failing to comply with a subpoena.