On January 6th, a judge sent texts to a committee; Trump is believed to have committed crimes related to the election. In Washington, a federal judge said it is “more likely than not” that former President Donald Trump committed crimes in an attempt to prevent the 2020 election from being certified, and that the court has ordered the release of more than 100 emails from Trump adviser John Eastman to the committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol.
The judge’s decision made by David Carter brought a major legal victory for the House panel when it came to the lawyer who was advising Trump when he attempted to overturn the election.
The Court finds it more likely than not that President Trump attempted to obstruct the Joint Sessions of Congress on January 6, 2021 based on the evidence, Carter wrote in the verdict filed in the federal Central District of California.
Eastman sought to remove documents from the committee based on a legal obligation between him and the former president. A committee argued earlier this month that there is a legal requirement that allows for the disclosure of communications regarding ongoing or future crimes.
A representative of Eastman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On March 3, the committee moved to link the former president to a federal crime in a deliberate attempt. Legislators cannot bring criminal charges on their own, and they can only refer cases to the Justice Department. Since last year, the department has been investigating the riot, but it hasn’t disclosed anything.
The court documents demonstrate that Trump and his associates engaged in a “criminal conspiracy” to prevent Congress from certifying Democratic Joe Biden’s election. Trump and those working with him then spread false information about the outcome of the presidential election and urged state officials to overturn the results, potentially violating more federal laws.
The treasured documents the nine-member panel has publicly released so far, including some attachments from Eastman, and provides an early look at some of the panel’s likely conclusions, which will be submitted in the coming months. As it investigates the violent siege by Trump supporters, the Capitol’s worst attack in over two centuries, it says it has interviewed more than 650 witnesses.
On January 6th, a judge sent texts to a committee; Trump is believed to have committed crimes related to the election.