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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The scheme put forward by controversial lawyer John Eastman was outlined in a two-page memo obtained by the authors for "Peril," and which was subsequently obtained by CNN. The memo, which has not previously been made public, provides new detail showing how Trump and his team tried to persuade Pence to subvert the Constitution and throw out the election results on January 6.

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The Eastman memo laid out a six-step plan for Pence to overturn the election for Trump, which included throwing out the results in seven states because they allegedly had competing electors. In fact, no state had actually put forward an alternate slate of electors -- there were merely Trump allies claiming without any authority to be electors.

Under Eastman's scheme, Pence would have declared Trump the winner with more Electoral College votes after the seven states were thrown out, at 232 votes to 222. Anticipating "howls" from Democrats protesting the overturning of the election, the memo proposes, Pence would instead say that no candidate had reached 270 votes in the Electoral College. That would throw the election to the House of Representatives, where each state would get one vote. Since Republicans controlled 26 state delegations, a majority could vote for Trump to win the election.

he plan was first proposed to Pence when Eastman was with Trump in the Oval Office on January 4, during one of Trump's attempts to convince Pence that he had the authority to stop the certification of the election.
"You really need to listen to John. He's a respected constitutional scholar. Hear him out," Trump said to Pence at that meeting, Woodward and Costa write in "Peril."

In the memo, Eastman went so far as to suggest Pence should take action 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."

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There are facts, then there are lying lawyers and the lying President that hired them. - corkus delecti
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The memo could be of interest to the House select committee now investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol, which recently requested documents from the National Archives that specifically included communications involving Eastman.

"It shows intent, a sophisticated plan, a blueprint to illegally and unconstitutionally overturn and steal the election" by Trump and his team based on false and misleading information and legal arguments, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN."

OH but there's more...
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Giuliani then sent Graham several memos and affidavits claiming fraud. But when Graham's chief Judiciary Committee counsel Lee Holmes went over the claims, he found they were sloppy, overbearing and "added up to nothing," Woodward and Costa write. "Holmes reported to Graham that the data in the memos were a concoction, with a bullying tone and eighth grade writing."

"Third grade," Graham responded, according to the book. "I can get an affidavit tomorrow saying the world is flat."
Giuliani did not respond to a request for comment."

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THESE people are the scum of the earth

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2021-09-21 12:48 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Eastman, author of this nutbag memo, is a former clerk for Clarence Thomas who thinks the current veep isn't a US citizen. By GOP standards? Solid.

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-09-21 07:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

How many Trum-phluffers would have been AOK with this coup d'tat?

Guessing here:
BOAZ
Gracie
Phestor
Sniper
Skeptical
Goatman
...and others.

#3 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2021-09-21 12:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 10

Did Dan Quayle single-handedly prevent this?

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2021-09-21 12:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

| POSTED BY OLDWHISKEYSOUR

My Republican Congressman's office has assured me that had Trump gotten more electoral votes----NO MATTER HOW HE GOT THEM---They would have been pleased to have him President again.

They project no awareness of the moral implications of this. None.

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2021-09-21 12:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

OWS, I personally believe every single one of the people mentioned in your post would have been will to rationalize events in order to justify Trump's take over. Hell, some of them are justifying it even in light of the failure of the coup. And they all are certainly downplaying what happened big times. To be perfectly candid, they are all pieces of ---- in my opinion.

#6 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-09-21 02:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This should be a bigger story. This is clear evidence of a coup attempt, cloaked in a shiny but disingenuous veneer of legal argument.

And it's not finished. The right wing media, the former guy and the Repub ratf**ks in Congress continue to gaslight the American public as they work to undo the will of the people. The failed effort to recall Gavin Newsom, and the inevitable, even proactive claims of fraud, shows they're still at it.

#7 | Posted by cbob at 2021-09-21 03:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

The 'rally' on Jan. 6th plays directly into this. Trump and his legal team put together the blue print for Pence to follow. The pressure would be heightened with Trump's sycophants in Congress and further intensified by the rally turned riot. I bet in Trump's mind, Pence would bend to the congressional pressure and ultimately the fear of actual physical violence from the seditious mob by following said blue print.

This is conspiracy to commit sedition and it was planned at the top.

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-09-21 04:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 8

Mr. Eastman should follow Dotard's lawyer and other's of his incompetent legal team and be stripped of his license to practice law, and then face seditious conspiracy charges, because it was his plan that Dotard was trying to carry out with the 1/6 attempted coup.

#9 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-09-21 08:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

How many Trum-phluffers would have been AOK with this coup d'tat?

Guessing here:
BOAZ
Gracie
Phestor
Sniper
Skeptical
Goatman
...and others.

#3 | POSTED BY OLDWHISKEYS

Should have just said the Ruskie Troll farm and saved yourself some typing.

#10 | Posted by a_monson at 2021-09-21 09:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

CBOB

"This should be a bigger story. This is clear evidence of a coup attempt, cloaked in a shiny but disingenuous veneer of legal argument."

And yet it's only one cog in the whole of the evidence of Trump's deranged coup attempt. Before this is over I have a feeling we're going to get "big story fatigue" on the long road to uncovering the full breadth and depth of this saga. In fact, I've already run out of adjectives to describe my disgust ~ and to think ~ it's only just beginning.

I truly believe the real sh** hasn't even hit the fan yet.

#11 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-09-21 10:11 PM | Reply

Before this is over I have a feeling we're going to get "big story fatigue" on the long road to uncovering the full breadth and depth of this saga. In fact, I've already run out of adjectives to describe my disgust ~ and to think ~ it's only just beginning.

I truly believe the real sh** hasn't even hit the fan yet.
#11 | POSTED BY TWINPAC AT 2021-09-21 10:11 PM | FLAG:

I think you're right. We just keep turning over rocks and finding more snakes.

#12 | Posted by cbob at 2021-09-21 11:13 PM | Reply

CBOB

"I think you're right. We just keep turning over rocks and finding more snakes.

Vipers, each and every one.

#13 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-09-21 11:19 PM | Reply

I stand by my Trump pool choice of raped to death in prison.

#14 | Posted by bored at 2021-09-21 11:21 PM | Reply

BORED

Considering the "inmate justice system" I'd agree with the death in prison part but not by rape.

#15 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-09-21 11:35 PM | Reply

Trump will never see a day behind bars. Biden would pardon him first. A former leader being sent to prison is too third worldish and Biden would not allow the world to have that image of America.

#16 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-21 11:37 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

A feckless justice system that protects corrupt politicians is an even more significant sign of third-world.

#17 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-09-21 11:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#7 - that is true. But as Americans, we worry about appearances and go for the band aid solutions.

#18 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-22 12:00 AM | Reply

#18 | POSTED BY JAKESTER

Was that a response to #7 or #17?

Just to be sure.

#19 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-09-22 12:03 AM | Reply

17. Sorry

#20 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-22 12:05 AM | Reply

Yeah, didn't think you'd be subscribing to the points made in #7, but was willing to traverse that rabbit hole with you.

#21 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-09-22 12:11 AM | Reply

"A feckless justice system that protects corrupt politicians is an even more significant sign of third-world."

#17 | POSTED BY RSTYBEACH11

Agreed!

Trump is a lot more than just a run-of-the-mill "corrupt politician." He's committed THE most heinous crime in America's history. I don't see any pardon in his future. He may not end up behind bars but only because I doubt he'll outlive the clock. I think isolation, age, stress and bad health will take its toll first. In which case, the sigh of relief heard around the world, friend and foe alike, will be audible.

#22 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-09-22 01:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump is a lot more than just a run-of-the-mill "corrupt politician." He's committed THE most heinous crime in America's history.

We have entered uncharted territory in the scope of just how corrupt his presidency was.

This needs hearings in the House and Senate stat! Don't let anyone decline to testify. Don't let anyone testify in private. Full public hearings, under oath, under a subpoena and it needs to be done pronto.

If the GQP scum take back the House this will be swept under the rug by to Qevin and his co-conspirators.

#23 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-09-22 08:35 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Q Jen, is the President aware and/or concerned about the latest evidence that Trump " Trump's team was trying, you know, all sorts of ways to overturn the election, and there was very specific new stuff has come out about that. Is he following this? Will he just ignore it?

MS. PSAKI: The President has a few things on his plate, including delivering a major speech to the world " hopefully turning the page from the last four years " that he delivered this morning, which I think a lot of people in the world heard as quite a difference from leadership that was turning away from alliances as the President is turning toward them and looking to work with global leaders to address the challenges we're facing. So, I can tell you he hasn't focused on it much.

Yep turn that page dems
Farking weak ass losers

#24 | Posted by truthhurts at 2021-09-22 09:11 AM | Reply

I respect taking the high road, most of the time. But honest to God, the Former Guy needs to be held accountable. An absolute scuz who deserves not a shred of mercy.

#25 | Posted by cbob at 2021-09-22 09:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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