The letter sent Monday to Cardona points to Eastman’s memo, in addition to other actions taken by him, with the signatories saying that the document’s “claim was based on nothing more than the notion that the legitimacy of the election continued to be ‘disputed’ in some unexplained fashion.”
“That conclusion was thoroughly wrong — e il sig. Eastman knew it or was willfully blind,” scrissero.
CNN has reached out to Eastman for comment.
The group also makes reference to other disciplinary actions taken against pro-Trump attorneys who helped the former President’s legal efforts to overturn the election.
“Though much of Mr. Eastman’s conduct involved speech on political subjects, it is not protected by the First Amendment. As the discipline and sanctions already meted out to other Trump attorneys demonstrate, a lawyer representing a politician and dealing directly with courts and third persons is not free to ignore reality. Anziché, a lawyer must avoid speech that is intentionally false or deceptive,” the letter states in part.
, one of the letter’s signatories
, declined to say Monday whether the group is hoping the California bar suspends Eastman’s law license
, as the New York bar and Washington
, DC, bar did earlier this year to Rudy Giuliani, another pro-Trump attorney.
“That determination … is for the California state bar,” Eisen, who served as former President Barack Obama’s ethics czar and ambassador to the Czech Republic, told CNN in an interview. “The consequences of the assault by President Trump and his enablers on our democracy are reverberating to the present day.”
“And Mr. Eastman played a prominent role in that,” Ha aggiunto. “And we think that his reported statements of fact and law alike that were facilitated by his law license and his standing as an attorney should be very closely reviewed by the bar.”
Eisen also said the bipartisan nature of the letter demonstrates the seriousness of the matter.
“We do have an extraordinary bipartisan array because the concerns here transcend the usual partisanship,” Egli ha detto. “This is as serious a basis as you can get to request an investigation.”