Trump Jan. 6 Records Up For Grabs — But There’s A Giant Catch

Upon further review of the federal judge’s ruling, it appears the judicial system is so deeply embedded in corruption Donald Trump has no real chance of seeing a fair and logical outcome regarding his presidential records.

On Thursday, a federal judge ruled that Former President Donald Trump’s lawyer must review at least 1,500 pages of records per business day and immediately transfer any unprivileged documents to the House Jan. 6 committee.

Judge David Carter, of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, ordered attorney John Eastman to begin producing pages to congressional investigators beginning Friday.

Any documents Eastman deems privileged must be given to Carter. If the committee challenges the lawyer’s claim, the judge will review the records to determine whether the assertion was valid before holding a hearing to adjudicate the privilege disputes.

Carter earlier rejected Eastman’s attempt to block the committee’s subpoena for 19,000 pages of emails held by his former employer, Chapman University. Eastman has claimed that many of the emails relate to his legal clients and therefore be subject to potential attorney-client privilege.

The  ruling showed that Carter is taking a more hands-on approach than any federal judge so far to assist the Jan. 6 select committee’s effort to access specific documents from a reluctant witness.

Carter repeatedly has expressed support for Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s partisan panel — comprised of Democrats and two anti-Trump Republicans — that is investigating events surrounding the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Carter has ruled in the committee’s favor on three successive days.

The judge’s latest ruling came after House counsel Doug Letter had accused Eastman of refusing to act quickly after Carter ruled that the Trump ally should quickly begin reviewing and providing documents to the committee.

Eastman’s attorneys, Charles Burnham and Anthony Caso, countered that their client received a cluster of documents from Chapman University on Tuesday, and he had been in flight and unable to immediately download them.

The lawyers said Eastman was also unable to immediately access the documents “due to the size of the file” and was unable to begin reviewing any materials until 10 p.m. Tuesday.

“Plaintiff strongly disputes any suggestion from the congressional defendants that he has undertaken this privilege review with anything other than the greatest dispatch,” Burnham wrote.

Who knows what’s hidden in Trump’s presidential records, but one fact remains certain:

The attack on Former President Donald Trump is unlike anything this country has ever witnessed. If the GOP doesn’t immediately begin issuing the same legal attacks on Biden and his administration then they have no right to remain in office.

Author: Elizabeth Tierney