Trump-linked lawyer John Eastman got a reprieve Friday when the House select committee investigating Jan. 6 told a court it would be withdrawing objections to roughly 13,929 pages worth of documents it had sought from him.
The committee also expressed willingness to hold “in abeyance” the roughly 3,236 remaining pages worth of subpoenaed email material from him, leaving about 2,945 pages of emails left in the imminent legal crosshairs as the committee’s focus shifts to its public hearings.
“The Select Committee believes that the legal issues underlying Plaintiff’s claims of attorney-client privilege or work product protection have largely, if not entirely, been determined by the Court’s Order,” lawyers for the committee wrote in the filing . “The Select Committee’s need for the documents at issue has only become more significant in light of its review of the documents produced.”
The committee’s decision to relent on some of its document requests follows a review it conducted of a consolidated privilege log he turned over Monday, listing the documents he believed should be shielded due to privilege claims.
Earlier this year, the Jan. 6 committee subpoenaed Chapman University, his former employer, for access to his emails, hoping to gain insights about efforts to upend the 2020 election. Eastman had given legal advice to former President Donald Trump and his allies in their bid to challenge the election results. He quickly filed a lawsuit challenging the subpoena due to various privilege claims. In response, a judge ordered him to conduct a review of roughly 21,000 emails from his account, totaling over 94,000 pages.
Eastman completed the review last month, but he has maintained that thousands of pages of material are subject to attorney-client privileges — attempting to shield at least 20,000 pages. So far, Eastman appears to have turned over almost 40,000 pages worth of emails to […]
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