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  • Charged

  • Subpoenaed

John EastmanLast Updated: August 24, 2023

Insurrection Related Information

  • High Profile Indictment
  • Requested Pardon
  • Spoke at Rally
  • Subpoenaed by 1/6 Commission

Litigation Details

  • Charged on Aug 15, 2023

Executive Summary

Campaign; deposition scheduled for Dec. 8. Eastman was the author of what has been called the “coup memo,” a legal document arguing that Vice President Mike Pence could simply ignore submitted electoral-vote tallies on Jan. 6. Eastman spoke at the rally on the Ellipse on Jan. 6.

Committee description:

John Eastman reportedly advised President Trump and others that Vice President Pence could reject electors from certain states in order to deny Joe Biden a majority of the Electoral College vote. In the days before January 6th, Mr. Eastman is reported to have participated in a briefing for nearly 300 state legislators regarding purported election fraud, during which he told the group that it was ‘the duty of the legislatures to fix this, this egregious conduct, and make sure that we’re not putting in the White House some guy that didn’t get elected.’ Mr. Eastman reportedly participated in the January 5th, 2021 meeting at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. and he spoke at the rally on the Ellipse on January 6th prior to the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Litigation Details


  • Violation of the Georgia RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act
  • Solicitation of Violation of Oath by Public Officer
  • Conspiracy to Commit Impersonating a Public Officer
  • Conspiracy to Commit Forgery in the First Degree
  • Conspiracy to Commit False Statements and Writings
  • Conspiracy to Commit Filing False Documents
  • Conspiracy to Commit Forgery in the First Degree
  • Conspiracy to Commit False Statements and Writings
  • Filing False Documents

Timeline of Litigation

  • Charged

    August 15, 2023 "Charged 8/15/2023"

Press Coverage

  • Trump and 18 allies charged in Georgia election meddling as former president faces 4th criminal case

    Published on August 15, 2023 Read at AP News
  • Who’s who in the Jan. 6 committee subpoenas

    Published on November 10, 2021 Read at Washington Post
  • Select Committee Subpoenas Additional Witnesses Tied to Efforts to Overturn Election Results

    Published on November 9, 2021 Read at January 6 Select Committee

Affiliated People (1)

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    • Charged

    • Running for office

    Donald Trump

    Currently Running For
    • U.S. President
    • General election on November 5, 2024
    Litigation Status
    • Charged on August 15, 2023

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