Former Trump lawyer John Eastman pleaded his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and invoked attorney-client privilege Wednesday when he appeared before a Fulton County grand jury investigating attempts to influence the 2020 election in Georgia, his attorneys said.
In his appearance prior to the Fulton County special grand jury, we advised our client John Eastman to say attorney client privilege and the constitutional to remain silent where appropriate, the attorneys, Charles Burnham and Harvey Silverglate, said in a statement. Out of respect for grand jury secrecy we shall not disclose the substance of the questions or testimony.We desire to thank the grand jurors because of their service.
Eastman is among several former President Donald Trumps allies, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who’ve been subpoenaed by the special grand jury in Fulton County.
Eastman, considered an integral player in the former president and his allies unsuccessful attempts to reverse the 2020 presidential election results, has come under scrutiny for writing memos about how exactly then-Vice President Mike Pence could make an effort to overturn the outcomes. This past year, a federal judge found that Trump and Eastman likely attemptedto obstructthe joint session of Congress called to certify Joe Bidens electoral victory Jan. 6, 2021.
Eastman also testified before Georgia legislators following the election, arguing that lawmakers had plenty of proof fraud to choose another slate of presidential electors for hawaii, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last month. The subpoena for Eastman said he advised lawmakers they had both lawful authority and a duty to displace the Democratic Partys slate of presidential electors, who was simply certified because the duly appointed electors for hawaii of Georgia following the November 2020 election, because of unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud within hawaii.
The special grand jury was impaneled this season to aid Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis investigation into whether there have been any coordinated attemptsto unlawfully alter the results of the 2020 elections in Georgia.