Trump attorney John Eastman, the author of the so-called coup memo, emailed a top Mike Pence aide as rioters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, blaming the vice president for the insurrection and continuing to pressure him to block certification of Joe Biden's victory.
The Washington Post reports that Greg Jacob, who served as Pence's chief counsel, was under guard with the vice president in a secure area, when he described the ongoing riot as a "siege" in an email exchange with Eastman.
"The 'siege' is because YOU and your boss did not do what was necessary to allow this to be aired in a public way so that the American people can see for themselves what happened," Eastman wrote to Jacob, referring to Trump's false claims of widespread election fraud, as rioters tore through the Capitol, some calling for Pence's execution.
The Post reports that Jacob included Eastman's email in a draft opinion article that he wrote in January but chose not to publish.
Jacob wrote that by sending the email at that moment, Eastman "displayed a shocking lack of awareness of how those practical implications were playing out in real time."
"Eastman confirmed the emails in interviews with The Post but denied that he was blaming Pence for the violence," the newspaper reports. "He defended his actions, saying that Trump's team was right to exhaust 'every legal means' to challenge a result that it argued was plagued by widespread fraud and irregularities."