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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

FBI seizes phone of John Eastman, key figure in attempt to reverse 2020 election

Federal agents confiscated the cell phone of John Eastman, a lawyer who advised former President Donald Trump to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election, Eastman filed in a court Monday.

Eastman filed a lawsuit asking the Justice Department to return his assets and destroy any records obtained after FBI agents in New Mexico stopped him as he was leaving a restaurant last week. The filing said investigators had a warrant and confiscated his iPhone and that agents were able to access his email accounts.

The lawyer said in the filing that agents “forced” him to unlock the device.

“By its very breadth, the warrant intrudes on important privacy interests, both [Eastman] and others with whom communications are accessible over seized cell phones,” his lawyers wrote in a filing obtained by The Hill.

Eastman was a key figure in developing a plan that would have seen Vice President Mike Pence delay or block certification for the 2020 Electoral College results, and his work became the central focus of the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, rebellion. has gone. in the US Capitol. Pence refused to go along with the plan.

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Eastman also spoke at a January 6 rally just before the Capitol attack, where Trump falsely claimed that widespread election fraud had cost him the White House. There is no evidence to support those allegations.

The seizure of Eastman’s phone came on the same day that federal officials searched the home of Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official under Trump, who stymied the then-president’s efforts to stay in office despite losing his Electoral College’s Joe Biden. encouraged for.

Clark served as assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division in the Trump administration, but moved closer to the White House after the 2020 election. At one point, Trump put Clark in charge of the Justice Department after William Barr resigned after refusing to go along with Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud.

The House Select Committee focused heavily on Eastman’s efforts to aid Trump during its third hearing this month. The body also noted an email sent to Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani that Eastman sought to be on the president’s “pardon list.”

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