In a legal brief intended to refute arguments against keeping certain documents secret on Wednesday night, the Jan. 6 committee said there were “good faith” reasons to believe President Donald Trump had violated several laws. in its fight to overturn the 2020 election results, including obstructing Congress and defrauding the United States.
the the committee responded to the arguments of Trump’s legal adviser, Professor John Eastman, that his communications with the former president should be privileged and confidential. But in rebutting those arguments, the committee looked at a much larger question: Did Trump break the law?
The January 6 panel outlined why they believe the answer to this question is yes.
Lawyers are not permitted to give advice in the prosecution of a crime, and legal advice based on this premise is not privileged.
“Defendant obstructed, influenced, or interfered with, or attempted to interfere with, influenced, or interfered with an official proceeding of the United States, and that Defendant did so in a corrupt manner,” the Committee of 6 January.
The panel also argued that it had a “good faith” basis for concluding that the former president and members of his campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States.
“The evidence supports an inference that President Trump, the plaintiff [Eastman]and several others struck a deal to defraud the United States by interfering with the election certification process, spreading false information about voter fraud, and pressuring state officials to alter the results state elections and on federal officials to assist in this effort,” the legal filing released Wednesday said.
This is a developing story and will be updated.