California bar complaint against John Eastman


On October 4, 2021 the States United Democracy Center filed an ethics complaint against California bar member John Eastman for his conduct in assisting in former President Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. The complaint requests that the State Bar of California open an investigation into whether Eastman violated multiple rules of professional responsibility in his actions as a lawyer for former President Trump and is supported by 25 bipartisan signatories, including former federal district court judges and California Supreme court justices, numerous former Republican officials, leading law professors and the Bush and Obama White House ethics advisors. 

John Eastman is a former law professor and dean at Chapman University School of  Law, and  represented former President Trump in late 2020 and early 2021. Mr. Eastman  played an important role in making false claims about widespread election fraud at the “Stop the Steal” rally, was the author of a two-page memo and a six-page memo that were used to pressure then-Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to count or indefinitely delay the lawful Electoral College votes from numerous states, and represented Mr. Trump in the frivolous lawsuit Texas v. Pennsylvania before the U.S. Supreme Court.   

 “Across the board, John Eastman’s actions were anti-democratic — from his legal work to promote Trump’s frivolous claims in the Supreme Court, to the dangerous speech he delivered to disillusioned Trump supporters at the National Mall on January 6,” said Joanna Lydgate, CEO of the States United Democracy Center. “There is strong evidence to support an investigation by the State Bar of California.”

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