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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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On CNN Wednesday, Brian Todd reported on the civil suit proceeding against the leaders behind the infamous "Unite the Right" Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 — and one of the key purposes behind it.
"The plaintiffs say one of their goals is to bankrupt white supremacist organizations and members even before this trial began," said reporter Brian Todd, adding that "at least one defendant claimed that he was financially crippled: Richard Spencer, a white nationalist, alt-right leader who is representing himself in this case without a lawyer."
Twelve jurors in the case were seated today — with a few candidates struck after they railed against Antifa "terrorists" and claimed that the only significant discrimination in the United States is against white people.
The "Unite the Right" rally, triggered in part by debate over whether to remove a controversial monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee, resulted in street violence in Charlottesville and the death of paralegal Heather Heyer, who was hit in a vehicle-ramming attack while counterprotesting.
The event became a flashpoint for politics and race relations after former President Donald Trump suggested some of the demonstrators on the neo-Nazi side were "very fine people".
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) appears to have run out of patience with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
Sources tell Washington Post reporter Seung Min Kim that Schumer "has warned members they will have to begin confirming non-controversial" nominees such as ambassadors by working on nights and weekends.
The goal, writes Kim, is to make Cruz "feel some political pain (or pain from angry colleagues) over his holds," which have so far completely clogged up Biden's ambassadorship nominations.
"To date, only four of Biden's choices to be a U.S. ambassador to a foreign government have been approved by the Senate — three of them just on Tuesday," Kim reported on Wednesday. "That means Biden is lagging considerably behind his immediate predecessor, Donald Trump, who at this point in his presidency had 22 such U.S. ambassadors confirmed, 17 of them by voice vote, according to data compiled by Senate Democratic leadership aides."
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) told Kim that negotiating with Cruz was like "negotiating with a terrorist," and said that "what he's asking for is to control American foreign policy."
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