The problem with moving the goalposts of normalcy is that eventually you get into the perverse and it is considered the norm. We are there. We have been there for a while. John Eastman, who is the sophist’s sophist, the liar’s liar, who spews fallacious arguments the way the rest of us breathe, talks about the Insurrection Act and how close we came to it — with his help. Although he omits that part, certainly.
John Eastman says that if Trump's effort to overturn the 2020 election had been successful, "one hopes that our military" would have understood its obligation to quell any riots because failure to do so would mean "subjecting yourself to mob rule." https://t.co/zPAu4mOCM7 pic.twitter.com/snwXF6Iwqq
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) August 9, 2023
Eastman is trying to wriggle out of his role in the January 6 Capitol riot but I think history is going to show that he wanted to push the envelope and see how far he got. Eastman is virtually a clone of Steve Bannon in that regard. They both want to see what they can get away with, although, of the two, at least Bannon comes right out and says he wants “to burn it all down,” so give him credit for candor, at least.
Now the newest development in the Eastman saga is something you don’t see every day. Eastman is in the middle of a disbarment trial, which is bad enough. But what is really a bummer is that he’s about to be indicted by Jack Smith, so he needs the judge to do a postponement on his disbarment proceedings. Huh?
Oh yes. Eastman is suspected as being Co-conspirator 2, remember that guy? Politico:
Attorney John Eastman, an architect of Donald Trump’s last-ditch efforts to subvert the 2020 election, is asking a California judge to postpone disbarment proceedings lodged against him, saying he’s increasingly concerned he’s about to be criminally charged by special counsel Jack Smith.
“[R]ecent developments in the investigation have renewed and intensified [Eastman’s] concerns that the federal government might bring charges against him,” his attorneys Randall Miller and Zachary Mayer wrote in an Aug. 4 filing posted to the court’s public docket on Monday.
Miller said the growing concern about criminal charges might prompt Eastman to assert his Fifth Amendment rights during disbarment proceedings. The Fifth Amendment generally allows people to refuse to provide testimony that could be used against them. But invoking the Fifth Amendment in the disbarment proceedings would jeopardize Eastman’s ability to defend his law license, his lawyers wrote.
“[Eastman] requests that the Court exercise its discretion to stay the State Bar’s disciplinary proceeding against him pending resolution of a parallel criminal investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Jack Smith and any trial or other proceedings that may result from that investigation,” Miller and Mayer wrote.
What to do what to do? Eastman needs desperately to be able to plead the Fifth but if he does, then there goes the law license. The law license is gone anyway, so do what you need to do, John. Maybe we’ll all chip in here: alright, all you legal types on this site, what is your advice to John Eastman?
- Bend over and kiss your ass goodbye?
- Start pacing off 6′ by 8′ it’s a space you’re going to soon be familiar with?
- Ask Donald Trump to pay your legal bills and listen to him laugh?
- All of the above?
It is indeed a verity, one that gets proven more and more as time goes by, that Everything Trump Touches Dies.