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The U.S. Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol may have violated former President Donald Trump’s law by trying to change the outcome of the 2020 election, according to new court documents.
The Commission of Inquiry has summoned Conservative lawyer John Eastman to hand over thousands of emails accusing Eastman of trying to persuade former Vice President Mike Pence not to confirm the January 6 election results. Eastman refused to hand over the emails because of his confidentiality as a lawyer, reports said Washington Post⁇
The Commission of Inquiry countered that argument in court documents released to the public on Wednesday, suspecting that Trump and some members of his campaign team were involved in a criminal conspiracy to commit fraud against the country. “The facts we have collected, Eastman’s emails, show that he helped Donald Trump carry out a corruption plan,” team members Benny Thompson and Liz Cheney wrote in a statement.
The scam is said to be linked to the counting of all votes in the Electoral College and the blocking of the transfer of power on January 20, 2021.
The Commission of Inquiry does not have the power to file charges, but states that it is considering handing over the evidence to the Ministry of Justice.
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This would be seen as a symbolic move, but it could also increase the pressure on Attorney General Merrick Garland to officially accuse Trump.
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