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The controversial author of Donald Trump's "coup memo" to overturn the 2022 presidential election lost a bid to keep his phone records from the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
"In a late Tuesday filing, Eastman voluntarily dismissed the suit, claiming that he’d been assured the committee was only seeking his call logs — not the content of any messages held by his carrier, Verizon. The select committee has long contended that it lacks the authority to obtain message content," Politico reported Tuesday.
Although Eastman ultimately lost, he was successful at tying the issue up in court for more than six months.
"Eastman’s move comes, however, as the legal threats he’s facing have begun to mount. Last week, FBI agents seized Eastman’s phone as part of a Justice Department inspector general investigation related to the 2020 election. Earlier this month, a federal judge forced Eastman to turn over hundreds of Trump-related emails to the Jan. 6 select committee, rejecting many of his claims of attorney-client privilege. That judge, David Carter, had already determined that Eastman and Trump 'likely' entered into a criminal conspiracy to obstruct Congress on Jan. 6, 2021," Politico reported.
The select committee says Eastman was also emailing with Ginni Thomas as she sought to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
"The select committee has issued dozens of subpoenas to phone companies like Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T for witnesses’ phone logs. More than a dozen witnesses have sued to block the committee from obtaining those records, and many of those suits are still pending," Politico reported.
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Tuesday was not a good day for the Giuliani family as former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was repeatedly implicated in Donald Trump's attempted coup in a Jan. 6 hearing as his son, Andrew Giuliani, lost the GOP nomination for governor of New York.
In Washington, D.C., former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified that Rudy Giuliani sought a presidential pardon. Giuliani served as a former U.S. Associate Attorney General and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
"Meadows and Giuliani join a growing list of other Republicans who asked for pardons related to Jan. 6 and Trump's efforts to overturn the election," USA Today reported. "The list includes five GOP congressmen: Matt Gaetz of Florida, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Louie Gohmert of Texas. Hutchinson said in deposition video revealed last week that those five members asked about pardons."
The former New York City mayor had campaigned hard for his son.
\u201cNew Yorkers: \u2066@AndrewHGiuliani\u2069 for Governor has listened to you. He will make the changes you need and DESERVE! Get out today and vote!\u201d— Rudy W. Giuliani (@Rudy W. Giuliani) 1656420083
Andrew Giuliani conceded before midnight.
\u201cDuring concession speech, Giuliani thanks Curtis Sliwa, Vickie Paladino, Gavin Wax, Bernie Kerik and \u201cAmerica\u2019s Mayor,\u201d his dad\u201d— David Brand (@David Brand) 1656468683
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow says Attorney General Merrick Garland is under novel pressure to act quickly against Trump's political operation after bombshell testimony in a hearing by the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
During her closing statement, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) cited two examples of what appeared to be clear attempts at tampering with witnesses set to testify before the select committee.
Following the hearing, legal analysts said there was a compelling case that obstruction of justice was committed.
Maddow reported Cheney, "basically said, through a megaphone, aimed at the Justice Department, 'Hey, look over here. We have evidence that on the Trump side, they have been tampering with witnesses in this investigation, intimidating witnesses in this investigation, and oh, by the way, that's a crime."
"Most of what I know about witness intimidation, I know from the Roger Stone felony trial, where he was convicted on almost all counts, and then later, pardoned by President Trump," Maddow said. "But, what Liz Cheney is describing here, at this evidence that she's bringing forward, from witnesses have come forward from the committee, talking about how they have been intimidated, and pressured, by people close to President tTump, or at least on his behalf, sounds like the kind of testimony that you see at criminal trials, about tampering with witnesses, which is a crime, right? This is what this looks like."
Maddow explained why she thinks this has altered the dynamics.
"And it's worth noting that it's the part of this investigation that isn't about something that happened 17 months ago, right? This is the part of the investigation about something that is happening right now, which requires an immediate response in order to stop the ongoing harm, which is a different kind of pressure on the Justice Department than we've previously seen," Maddow concluded.
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