State Bar charges John Eastman, lawyer who advised Trump on overturning the election, with ethics violations
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LOS ANGELES — The State Bar of California filed disciplinary charges Thursday against Orange County attorney John Eastman, accusing him of multiple ethics violations stemming from his actions while advising then-President Donald Trump on how to overturn the 2020 election.
The charges could be the first step to Eastman losing his California law license.
Eastman, a former professor and dean at Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law, emerged as a key legal adviser to Trump in the weeks after Joe Biden won the presidency.
Eastman helped develop a legal and political strategy promoting the false claim that the results were tainted by fraud and misconduct by election officials, according to a 35-page charging document filed by the State Bar.
In the months that followed, the U.S. attorney general and others told the Trump campaign that there was no evidence of widespread fraud that could have affected the outcome of the election. Dozens of courts dismissed cases alleging fraud.
Still, the State Bar alleges, Eastman continued to work with Trump to promote the lie of a stolen election.
Eastman must be held accountable for his role in “an egregious and unprecedented attack on our democracy,” George Cardona, the State Bar’s chief trial counsel, said in a statement.
An attorney’s highest duty is abiding by the federal and state constitutions, and Eastman violated that duty, Cardona wrote.
The 11 disciplinary charges against Eastman include failure to support the Constitution and laws of the United States, misrepresentation, seeking to mislead a court, and making false and misleading statements that constitute acts of “moral turpitude, dishonesty and corruption.”
State Bar officials said they intend to seek Eastman’s disbarment before the State Bar Court.
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