EXCLUSIVE: Former Trump attorney John Eastman is expected to warn that “freedom of speech” is “gone” in an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham Tuesday night.
Former President Trump, Eastman and 17 others were charged out of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation into alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia.
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“We did nothing wrong,” Eastman is expected to tell Ingraham in a multi-part interview. Part one of the interview will air at 7:00 p.m. ET Tuesday on the “Ingraham Angle” on Fox News Channel.
John Eastman, the University of Colorado Boulders visiting scholar of conservative thought and policy, speaks about his plans to sue the university at a news conference outside of CU Boulder on Thursday, April 29, 2021(Photo by Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) (Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
“We were challenging the election for what even Vice President Pence described as serious allegations of fraud and numerous instances of officials violating state law,” Eastman is expected to say. “And if we can’t speak out about that, then our freedom of speech, our right to petition the government for redress of grievances are gone.”
Eastman was charged with nine counts of crimes, including racketeering, conspiracy to commit forgery, and filing false documents. He turned himself in to the Fulton County Jail last week and accepted a bond of $100,000.
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Eastman, a former dean of Chapman University law school in Southern California, is facing charges related to his advice to Trump on how the former president could overturn the 2020 election.
John Eastman, a former Trump attorney, turned himself into the Fulton County Jail Tuesday morning on charges related to his advice to Trump on how the former president could overturn the 2020 election. He accepted a $100,000 bond. (Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)
Eastman has slammed the indictment for targeting attorneys for “zealous advocacy on behalf of their clients,” and said each defendant should be entitled to rely on the advice of lawyers and past legal precedent.
“The people that I was representing had a right to counsel,” Eastman will tell Ingraham. “And what’s going on here with the bar complaint against everybody involved in any of the litigation, this Fulton County complaint, the unindicted coconspirators in the federal action, they’re trying to stifle people from being able to get representation in election challenges.”
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He added: “They’ve made that very clear that that’s what they’re up to, and we can’t allow it to happen.”
Trump was charged with one count of violation of the Georgia RICO Act, three counts of criminal solicitation, six counts of criminal conspiracy, one count of filing false documents and two counts of making false statements.
Trump has been indicted four times, making him the first president in United States history to face criminal charges.
Willis and Fulton County prosecutors charged Trump’s senior political aides.
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In addition to Eastman, former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and top attorneys Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis, Kenneth Chesebro, and Jeff Clark, were charged out of the investigation.
Others indicted include: Georgia lawyer Robert Cheeley, former campaign strategist Michael Roman, chairman of the Georgia Republican Party David Shafer, publicist Trevian Kutti, former Georgia elections supervisor Misty Hampton Hayes, the VP of Black Conservative Federation Harrison William Prescott Floyd, Stephen Lee, former Georgia GOP official Cathleen Alston Latham, Shawn Micah Tresher Still, Scott Graham Hall, and Ray Stallings Smith III.
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All of the defendants face at least one count of violating the Georgia RICO Act—the Racketeer Influenced And Corrupt Organizations Act.
Other charges the defendants are facing include Solicitation of Violation of Oath by a Public Officer; Conspiracy to Commit Impersonating a Public Officer; Conspiracy to Commit Forgery in the First Degree; Conspiracy to Commit False Statements and Writings; Conspiracy to Commit Filing False Documents; Conspiracy to Commit Forgery in the First Degree; Filing False Documents; and Solicitation of Violation of Oath by a Public Officer.
Separately, in his investigation into alleged election interference, Special Counsel Jack Smith charged Trump with conspiracy to defraud the United States; conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding; obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding; and conspiracy against rights. Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
In the indictment, Smith describes six “co-conspirators,” but those co-conspirators have not yet been charged, and it is unclear if they will be. John Eastman, Giuliani, Powell, Clark, and Chesebro have been identified as co-conspirators. The sixth co-conspirator is unknown.