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 do 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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