Twitter erupted with memes Thursday after the Jan. 6 House select committee revealed a brazen email written by an attorney who advised then-President Donald Trump on his effort to overturn the 2020 election.
“I’ve decided that I must be on the pardon list, if that remains to be within the works,” John Eastman wrote in an email Rudy Giuliani, then Trump’s personal attorney, in the times following the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on Congress.
The House select committee presented the document Thursday in its third day of hearings, alongside other evidence indicating that Eastman publicly championed the speculation that Vice President Mike Pence had the authority to certify fake slates of electors to maintain Trump in office while privately acknowledging it likely wouldn’t arise in court.
That admission may very well be used to argue that Eastman knowingly committed a criminal offense when he pressured Pence to obstruct the electoral vote count, which the vice chairman presided over on the day of the Capitol riot.
Eastman spoke at Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally just before the assault on the Capitol. In his remarks, he pushed the previous president’s lie that the election had been rigged and demanded that Pence send the official Electoral College results back to the states.
Tons of in the group went on to storm the U.S. Capitol, some chanting “hang Mike Pence” as they took matters into their very own hands to try and keep Trump in power.
Five days later, Eastman apparently decided that he “must be on the pardon list.”
He never got one. Dozens of others did, though, in a pardon spree during Trump’s final days in office.
Twitter users had a field day: