Hair Füror’s Lawyer Takes The Fifth About The Sixth On The 3rd

The Stupid Coup

This is not normal:

John Eastman, the attorney who helped former President Donald Trump pressure then-Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 election, has asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, according to a letter he delivered to the Jan. 6 committee explaining his decision not to testify…

…Eastman’s decision is an extraordinary assertion by someone who worked closely with Trump to attempt to overturn the 2020 election results. He met with Trump and pushed state legislative leaders to reject Biden’s victory in a handful of swing states and appoint alternate electors to the Electoral College, effectively denying Biden’s victory.

I’m only a sonofalawyer, but I thought you had to be charged with a crime before you could  plead the 5th Amendment.

Legal Beagles: please elucidate us.

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9 Responses to Hair Füror’s Lawyer Takes The Fifth About The Sixth On The 3rd

  1. Maybe he’s using the royal Us, claiming that he is merely an appendage of Potus Pol Potbelly…but I am thinking that this would merely alert the committee to the fact the Eastman is pretty damned sure he’s committed actual crimes.

    Or they’re just throwing bullshit up on the wall and calling it ‘lawyering’.

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  2. MinuteMan says:

    Lots of folks took the 5th before McCarthy’s HUAC. It was taken as an admission of guilt and the witness ended up fired, put on a blacklist, etc.

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  3. osirisopto says:

    He’s going to let TFG, and his attorneys speak for him?

    He’s lucky we don’t hang people anymore.
    Him and his entire family.

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  4. Redhand says:

    Legal beagle here. Invoking the Fifth outside a trial is the essence of the right. It’s a right not to be forced to admit criminality and be prosecuted for it, kind of a constitutional “catch me if you can.” The Fifth is also why criminal defendants have a right to not take the stand during their trials. And it’s so important to our jurisprudence that clops are required to give those “Miranda warnings” when they question someone suspected of a crime.

    For a lawyer in the DOJ to invoke the Fifth IN THIS SETTING is clearly a BFD. It’s absolutely damning.

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  5. Buttermilk Sky says:

    This is why the commission’s hearings should be public, like the Kefauver organized crime hearings in the 1950s. Make Eastman show up, swear him in, and let America see him invoke the Fifth over and over like Frank Costello and the other mobsters. The future of democracy is more important than the activities of the Mafia.

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