CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on Wednesday skewered Senate Republicans who accused Attorney General Merrick Garland of supposedly targeting conservative parents protesting at school board meetings despite the fact that he is only investigating people who have made violent threads against school board members.
Toobin said that Republicans' criticisms of Garland for supposedly politicizing the DOJ were "rich with irony" because they "spent four years defending the incredibly politicized justice department of William Barr and Jeff Sessions."
Toobin then claimed that the senators were simply using Garland as a punching bag to boost their own political ambitions.
"This was theater where Merrick Garland was really a prop more than a witness so that some senators, some republican senators could campaign for president," he said.
Toobin also said that the GOP needed to demonize the teaching of any history of racism in America in order to win elections.
"The reason school boards are controversial is that some school boards have dared to teach that, you know, civil rights and African-American rights have not been so great in this country over the centuries," he said. "Like, when we had slavery and when we had Jim Crow. And that has so outraged the Republican Party, telling the truth about race in America, that they feel the way to win elections and to win the governorship in Virginia is to demonize these school boards."
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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former federal prosecutor Elie Honig outlined the key information the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot should try to extract from John Eastman, the far-right lawyer who drafted the "coup memo" outlining how Trump officials, starting with former Vice President Mike Pence, could theoretically overturn the 2020 election.
"Elie, what do you think the select committee can get from Eastman?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.
"I'd have a lot of questions for John Eastman, Kate," said Honig. "Most fundamentally, he wrote this document that's really a blueprint, a roadmap to a coup. Now, he is trying to distance himself from this... now, he's saying it's crazy. I agree with that. But that's not what the memo says. The memo is very clear. It says, here is the scenario we propose. He says this is what the law is. These are what the facts are."
He then proposed some lines of questioning for committee members to pin down Eastman and get important information.
"The big questions that I'd have for John Eastman are, how did this memo fit into the overall effort, scheme, perhaps conspiracy, to steal the election?" continued Honig. "Who told you, John Eastman, to write this? Now, the National Review asked him that. He said he did not remember. I find that — I will be polite here, I find that difficult to believe. Who paid you for your legal services? What did you did with this memo? Who did you give it to? Who did you discuss it with? Those are all questions I think are squarely in play for the committee."
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Undercover videos reveal John Eastman part of 'an ongoing attempt to subvert future elections': activist
Trump lawyer John Eastman, the author of the so-called "coup memo" advising the former president on how he could overturn the results of the 2020 election, is now working with state lawmakers on "election integrity," according to undercover videos that aired on MSNBC on Wednesday night.
In the videos, the president of the Claremont Institute, Ryan Williams, states that Eastman is "still very involved with a lot of the state legislators and advising them on election integrity stuff." Eastman is a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute.
The videos also show Eastman attacking state elections officials who upheld Biden's victory.
"Trump, (Rudy) Giuliani and me met with 300 legislators on Jan. 2 via Zoom conference call, and they all spinelessly wouldn't do anything, even though we had given them all the evidence," Eastman said. "These guys were spineless. Now, if we take a bunch of them out in the primaries in 2022, and the precondition for getting elected is we're going to fight this stuff, then maybe we've got an opportunity."
The undercover videos were shot Saturday by journalist Lauren Windsor, who appeared on MSNBC on Wednesday to discuss them.
In videos previously released by Windsor, Eastman stated that Vice President Mike Pence refused to carry out his memo and overturn the results of the election because he's "an establishment guy." Eastman also claimed the Capitol insurrection was a setup by the FBI.
Windsor, who posed as a Trump supporter to get Eastman to discuss the topics, told MSNBC that she was surprised by his responses — particularly since he recently backed away from the "coup memo" in a National Review article.
"I expected him to be a little more shellshocked just because of the incoming flak," Windsor said. "I very much see this as an ongoing attempt to subvert future elections."
Democratic California Rep. Adam Schiff, a member of the House Select Committee investigating the Captiol insurrection, appeared on MSNBC immediately after Windsor and called the videos "shocking." Eastman has been subpoenaed by the committee.
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