That plot was laid out in a two-page memo by John Eastman
, a conservative lawyer working for Trump in the aftermath of the
2020 선거. As CNN wrote of the Eastman memo late last year
“The Eastman memo laid out a six-step plan for Pence to overturn the election for Trump, which included throwing out the results in seven states because they allegedly had competing electors. 사실로, no state had actually put forward an alternate slate of electors — there were merely Trump allies claiming without any authority to be electors.”
As all of that was going on
, Trump himself was actively pressuring Pence to throw the election back to the House despite there being no constitutional backing for such a move
. 1월에 5, just hours before the Electoral College certification
, Trump and Pence met at the White House
. Here’s how CNN described that meeting
“Pence came under intense pressure from Trump to toss out the election results during a meeting that lasted hours in the Oval Office. The vice president’s chief of staff, 마크 쇼트, was banned by Trump from entering the West Wing, 소식통이 말했다, as the President repeatedly warned with ‘thinly veiled threats’ to Pence that he would suffer major political consequences if he refused to cooperate.”
The picture of all this reporting makes clear: Publicly and privately, Trump and those close to him were actively working to not only undermine public confidence in the 2020 선거, but also to put in motion a plan to overturn a free and fair election.
It’s damning stuff. 과, if the past few months have taught us anything, it’s the more of this picture we see, the worse things look for Trump. His role in the scatter-shot, legally suspect effort only seems to grow larger with each passing week. While the report from the January 6 House select committee will be the definitive word on all of this, we can already see just how big a role Trump and those closest to him played in the attempted coup.
What’s even scarier than a sitting president actively trying to bend laws for his own personal gain? The fact that he is the current frontrunner to be the Republican Party’s nominee in 2024.