The head of a once well-known anti-LGBTQ organization that spent countless millions in dark money to try to block the advancement of same-sex marriage worked with then-President Donald Trump and his legal team on a secret scheme to try to get Vice President Mike Pence to subvert the U.S. Constitution and overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
John Eastman (photo, next to Rudy Giuliani), who until January 13 was a tenured professor of law and dean at the Chapman University School of Law in California, advanced a six-point plan detailing the steps he wanted Pence to take on January 6.
Eastman, who is the chairman of NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, "tried to convince then-Vice President Mike Pence that he could overturn the election results on January 6 when Congress counted the Electoral College votes by throwing out electors from seven states, according to the new book 'Peril' from Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa," CNN reports.
"You really need to listen to John. He's a respected constitutional scholar. Hear him out," Trump told Pence during a January 4 meeting with Eastman in the Oval Office, according to "Peril."
In addition to directing that Pence would falsely claim that the seven states had competing electors, Eastman suggested Pence make all these moves without warning.
"The main thing here is that Pence should do this without asking for permission -- either from a vote of the joint session or from the Court," Eastman wrote. "The fact is that the Constitution assigns this power to the Vice President as the ultimate arbiter. We should take all of our actions with that in mind."
Pence disagreed with Eastman's legal claims and did not enact the secret scheme.
Eastman spoke at the January 6 "Save America" rally that many claim Trump used to incite the insurrection.
One week later he "abruptly" resigned from Chapman University "amid criticism of his role in stoking the violent attack," and "calls for his firing," Law.com reported at the time.