Right-wing lawyer and former Dean of Chapman University Law School John Eastman could soon face disbarment, the loss of one’s license to practice law, in California for assisting former President Donald Trump in his attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

George Cardona, the chief trial counsel for the State Bar of California, said in a statement that Eastman had attempted to help Trump in his effort to prevent Congress’ ceremonial count of electoral votes.

Eastman wrote the memo that falsely claimed that Vice President Mike Pence alone had the ability to halt the count of the electoral votes and by extension overturn the election.

Some critics have described Eastman’s memo as the outline for a potential coup.


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The State Bar released a statement claiming that Eastman’s actions violated the professional requirements for maintaining the right to practice law in California and that he practiced “moral turpitude, dishonesty, and corruption.”

Over fifty court cases brought by Trump and his team have been lost and the results were upheld.

Pence refused to follow through with Eastman’s plan.

Adherence to the election conspiracies peddled by Trump and his allies has become a litmus test for gaining former Trump’s endorsement. Even Republicans like former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming), who consistently voted with Trump, have been attacked for not following along on this single issue.

In the 2022 midterm elections, Trump’s endorsement did not appear to be as valuable to Republicans. Many congressional and gubernatorial candidates who supported the election conspiracies, such as Dr. Oz in Pennsylvania and Kari Lake in Arizona, were comfortably defeated in November.

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