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Company linked to Trump attorney John Eastman received $10,000 from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s campaign

John Eastman (left); Representative Marjorie Taylor GreeneJim Bourg/Reuters; Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s campaign paid John Eastman in January for unspecified “legal services.”

  • The payment was made to Constitutional Counsel Group, a firm founded by Trump’s lawyer.

  • An attorney representing Greene told Insider he “doesn’t know” what services Eastman or his firm provided.

Campaign groups affiliated with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene have poured thousands of dollars in recent months into the firm of John Eastman, a lawyer who played a leading role in former President Donald Trump’s efforts to void the election. of 2020.

Greene’s reelection committee paid $10,000 in January to the group of constitutional advisers, according to a recent federal campaign finance disclosure. Eastman lists the Anaheim, Calif., address of the Constitutional Counsels Group in state bar records.

In a statement to the Federal Election Commission, Greene’s campaign committee said it paid the constitutional adviser’s group on Jan. 14 for “legal services.” But it wasn’t the first payment to Eastman’s company from a committee linked to Greene, a Georgia Republican known for her incendiary style and embrace of conspiracy theories.

Put America First, a joint fundraising committee led by Greene and Rep. Matt Gaetz, previously paid the Constitutional Counsel Group more than $15,000 between September and December 2021, according to Federal Election Commission records.

According to those filings, he remains admitted to the California bar, despite calls for him to lose his attorney’s license for his past work for Trump. Prior to Congressional certification of the 2020 election results, Eastman advised then-Vice President Mike Pence that he could unilaterally reject the states’ voter count, a move that would have blocked victory certification. of President-elect Joe Biden and likely sparked a constitutional crisis. .

Eastman did not respond to requests for comment. In his greeting, he introduced himself as the founding partner of the Constitutional Law Group.

In a statement to Insider, Greene’s campaign declined to provide details about Eastman’s legal work.

“Dr. Eastman is one of the nation’s leading constitutional lawyers. When we need advice on important constitutional issues, we have sometimes asked for his advice,” a campaign spokesperson said. “The particular issues on which we have sought his advice are, however, protected by solicitor-client privilege.”

After becoming the legal mind behind efforts to overturn the 2020 election, Eastman has joined the ranks of lawyers whose work for Trump has caused public backlash and professional fallout.

He resigned as a law professor in the face of student protests followed by calls for dismissal. He has come under scrutiny by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, landing in a dispute with the congressional panel that ended last month with a judge summarizing Trump’s post-election efforts as a “coup in search of legal theory”.

A former Supreme Court clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas, Eastman invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in response to a subpoena from the House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6. Eastman then sued the committee in an attempt to shield emails related to his work for Trump, arguing they were privileged communications.

The case has since provided a forum for the House committee to make some of its strongest statements about Trump’s potential legal liability. In a court filing last month, House attorneys said the committee had enough evidence to conclude that Trump and his allies may have conspired to commit fraud and obstruction in their efforts to undo the loss of the former president facing Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

The Chamber said Eastman’s “legal assistance was used in the pursuit of these activities.”

The federal judge overseeing that case later said Trump “likely” obstructed Congress, in a ruling that also ordered Eastman to turn over emails to the House committee.

“Dr. Eastman and President Trump launched a campaign to overturn a Democratic election, an action unprecedented in American history. Their campaign was not limited to the ivory tower, it was a coup State in search of a legal theory,” wrote Judge David Carter. “The plan sparked violent attacks on our country’s seat of government, resulted in the deaths of several law enforcement officers, and deepened public distrust of our political process.”

It is unclear what legal services Eastman’s firm provided to Greene’s campaign. But Greene has found herself in political and legal peril lately.

In October, the progressive watchdog group End Citizens United filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission and the Congressional Ethics Office alleging it engages in “unethical and illegal” campaign spending. and “selfish and shady practices”.

In Georgia, a group of voters filed a constitutional challenge to bar Greene from running for office on the grounds that she had aided the Jan. 6 insurgency. Greene responded in early April with a lawsuit asking a federal judge to end the state proceedings.

At a recent hearing, Judge Amy Totenberg said she would likely allow the group of Georgia voters to continue their efforts to stop Greene from voting.

An attorney representing Greene in that case, James Bopp Jr., told Insider that Eastman was not involved in the case.

Of Eastman, Bopp said, “I don’t know what he’s doing.”

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