Trump lawyer seeks delay in California disbarment case until end of special counsel prosecution
Eastman was the legal architect of the alternate elector scheme in which former Vice President Mike Pence would reject the electors from battleground states that President Joe Biden won in favor of pro-Trump slates.
Trump attorney John Eastman has asked that a California judge delay disbarment proceedings against him amid anticipation that he may face federal charges.
"A stay is warranted in the interests of justice, as recent developments in the investigation have renewed and intensified Respondent’s concerns that the federal government might bring charges against him," wrote Eastman attorneys Randall Miller and Zachary Mayer.
Special counsel Jack Smith indicted former President Donald Trump for a second time last week, as well as six unnamed co-conspirators. The attorneys cited media speculation that Eastman may rank among those six.
The Trump attorney was a prominent figure in Trump's efforts to challenge the 2020 presidential election results and the California State Bar seeks to prevent him from practicing law in the state over that incident. At issue are the numerous, allegedly false statements Eastman made about election fraud while aiding Trump, The Hill reported.
Eastman was the legal architect of the alternate elector scheme in which former Vice President Mike Pence would reject the electors from battleground states that President Joe Biden won in favor of pro-Trump electors.
The names of Trump's six alleged co-conspirators remain undisclosed, though Eastman's attorneys contended that, should he rank among them, he would likely invoke the Fifth Amendment to avoid incriminating himself in the case.
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