A group of lawyers have filed the third ethics complaint against Trump’s attorney John Eastman with the California Bar, alleging misconduct when he colluded with others to try to quash the results of the 2020 presidential election and keeping Donald Trump in office for a second term.
John Eastman “appears to have acted in concert with other attorneys, including Rudolph W. Giuliani and Jeffrey C. Clark, in an effort to install Mr. Trump as President of the United States for another four years, notwithstanding the fact irrefutable that the people of the United States had chosen Joseph R. Biden to replace him,” said the December 16 lawsuit filed by Lawyers Defending American Democracy.
More than 1,200 lawyers signed the complaint. The LDAD says on its website that it was formed in 2018 to “defend and uphold the rule of law”.
Eastman, a former clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is the latest in a string of attorneys including Giuliani, Sidney Powell and Lin Wood who have faced charges for committing lies about the 2020 election results.
The complaint says Eastman embarked on a “factless” crusade to convince Vice President Michael Pence to ignore some electoral votes for Biden and call an election for Trump.
Eastman also spoke with Giuliani in front of a crowd on Jan. 6 before the storming of the U.S. Capitol, alleging voter fraud. “We know there was fraud. Traditional fraud that happened. We know the dead voted,” the complaint reads, citing Eastman’s speech.
In making these baseless accusations, Eastman used the “fragility” of the rule of law “to alter the results of a free election”, which is “among the most serious violations of the rules of professional responsibility that one can imagine,” the complaint reads. .
Giuliani has been temporarily suspended in New York and the District of Columbia for making false statements in court about the 2020 election.
A lawsuit was filed with the District of Columbia Bar Association against former DOJ attorney Clark in October for trying to get the Justice Department to void election results in several states without evidence.