John Eastman runs to Fox News to beg for donations after avoiding January 6 testimony

John Eastman, the right-wing attorney who tried to overturn the 2020 presidential election, is raising thousands of dollars for a legal defense fund ostensibly designed to protect him from the House select committee’s investigation into the Capitol riot.

Eastman cut his defense fund in a Tuesday interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who asked him to explain why the FBI recently seized his phone in connection with the investigation.

“What exactly did you do wrong to be treated like a dangerous criminal by your government, which you paid for?” asked Carlson.

“Well, we don’t know because the warrant doesn’t say,” Eastman replied. “But there is no indication of any crime to which this is connected. Apparently that was included in an affidavit, but the affidavit was not attached to the warrant.’

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Estman also called the seizure an “abuse” of the Fourth Amendment and claimed Biden was behaving like a “British king”.

“And it’s just a reminder for anyone who didn’t vote for Joe Biden to delete your texts and emails every day,” Carlson said.

Near the end of the interview, Eastman directly asked the public to donate to his legal defense fund. “Help us,” he said. “Help us fight this abuse. We must stand together to fight this.”

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Eastman has refused to cooperate with the commission’s investigation for the past year.

In January, Eastman fought in court to shield his private emails with members of Trump’s inner circle, in which the right-wing attorney helped the former president devise a legally dubious plan to undo the election.

In June, a judge ordered Eastman to submit 159 documents to the panel. Some of the materials obtained by the committee revealed Eastman had coordinated with conservative activist Ginni Thomas, wife of former White House chief of staff Clarence Thomas, who pressured former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to Trump’s election conspiracy, according to The Washington Post.

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During the Jan. 6 hearings this month, D-Texas committee member Pete Aguilar noted that Eastman argued for the 5th Amendment dozens of times while testifying to the panel behind closed doors months ago.

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