The lawyer who wrote a 6-point memo on how Mike Pence could overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election defended his actions against charges of insurrection during a Tuesday appearance on Steve Bannon's podcast.
The scheme was reported by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa in their new book Peril. Attorney John Eastman wrote how Pence could simply ignore the outcome of the election in seven states to eventually arrive at the outcome of Trump remaining in office despite the fact Joe Biden decisively won the 2020 election.
"Look, look, if the premise is Biden clearly won and we were looking for a way to avoid inaugurating President Biden,' then all of the scurrilous attacks that are being heaped my way and [Trump's] way would be deserved," he admitted.
Eastman then denied the reality of the situation.
"But, of course that wasn't the premise," he said, even though Biden had clearly won and his election was certified even in states with Republican governors such as Georgia and Arizona.
"The premise — and it sets out at the beginning of the full memo — is that there was illegal conduct in every one of these states sufficient enough to have effected the outcome of the election. And under that premise, was there anything that could be done to avoid certifying an illegally elected — illegally certified president," Eastman argued.
"To ignore that premise on the way to making a false claim of insurrection is quite frankly dishonest," said the man who had pushed conspiracy theories about illegal conduct in the election only seconds earlier.
MAGA Conspiracy theorist claims 'several' pro-Trump Colorado election clerks broke into voting machines: report
According to the Colorado Times Recorder, a prominent election conspiracy theorist who has been featured with allies of former President Donald Trump alleges that "several" election clerks in Colorado infiltrated voting machines "under the radar" to try to confirm the former president's Big Lie about the election being stolen.
Joe Oltmann made this claim in an email with Sidney Powell, the pro-Trump "kraken" lawyer known for filing a number of failed lawsuits to try to overturn elections in several states.
"Might be a good idea to connect," wrote Oltmann. "We have some interesting information on Eric Coomer. You also need to be aware of what we are doing in Colorado in gaining access to the Dominion systems under the radar. We have several county clerks cooperating. Need to settle down the chaos so you can get a grasp on all of the information."
Coomer is an election worker with Dominion Voting Systems who became a target for far-right conspiracy theorists. Oltmann has claimed, without evidence, that he infiltrated an "antifa" conference call in which Coomer was said to promise that Trump would not be able to win — which prompted a wave of threats and abuse against him.
Dominion itself is currently suing Powell for defamation for her claims the company's software flipped votes from Trump to Joe Biden.
This news comes after reports that Tina Peters, a pro-Trump election clerk from Mesa County, Colorado with a history of bungled tabulations, is under investigation for allegedly facilitating a leak of sensitive voter information. She has counter-alleged that the Colorado Secretary of State illegally destroyed records.
The man whom Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed as his next surgeon general has a long history of questioning the science behind mask wearing and vaccinations as ways to combat the COVID-19 pandemic -- but that's apparently just the tip of the iceberg.
Newsweek reports that newly minted Florida surgeon general Dr. Joseph Ladapo appeared in a hydroxychloroquine-promoting video last year that was organized by a fringe group of medical professionals whose work was subsequently promoted by then-President Donald Trump.
"In July 2020, Ladapo appeared in a 43-minute viral video as part of a group called America's Frontline Doctors," writes Newsweek. "The video promoted hydroxychloroquine as a "cure" for COVID-19, even though studies haven't substantiated that claim. The video also said that masks do not slow the virus' spread and that COVID-19 is less deadly than the flu. Both claims are untrue."
Also making an appearance with Ladapo in the video was Dr. Stella Immanuel, who gained notoriety last year for her theories about demons coming to Earth and impregnating human women, as well as about physicians using "alien DNA" to treat their patients.
Despite Immanuel's wild theories, Trump last year said he was "very impressed" with her and thanked her for promoting hydroxychloroquine, which has not been proven effective as a treatment for COVID-19.
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