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Federal Agents Seized Phone of John Eastman, Key Figure in Jan. 6 Plan

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Federal brokers armed with a search warrant have seized the telephone of John Eastman, a lawyer who suggested former President Donald J. Trump on a key aspect of the trouble to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 election, based on court docket submitting by Mr. Eastman on Monday.

The submitting, a movement to get well property from the federal government, mentioned that F.B.I. brokers in New Mexico, appearing on behalf of the Division of Justice’s Workplace of the Inspector Basic, stopped Mr. Eastman as he was leaving a restaurant final Wednesday and seized his iPhone. A duplicate of the warrant included as an exhibit in Mr. Eastman’s submitting mentioned that the telephone can be taken to the inspector common’s forensic lab in Northern Virginia.

The seizure of Mr. Eastman’s telephone is the newest proof that the Justice Division is intensifying its legal investigation into the varied strands of Mr. Trump’s efforts to stay in energy after he was defeated for re-election.

Mr. Eastman, a California regulation professor, helped develop and promote a plan to justify having Vice President Mike Pence block or delay certification of the Electoral School outcomes displaying Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory within the 2020 election. Mr. Trump and Mr. Eastman pressured Mr. Pence to place the plan in motion when Mr. Pence presided over a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021.

Mr. Pence’s refusal to go alongside helped gas the violence that overwhelmed the Capitol that day and have become a bloody image of Mr. Trump’s efforts to subvert the result of the election.

Mr. Eastman was additionally instrumental in advising Mr. Trump to create purported slates of electors backing Mr. Trump in key swing states received by Mr. Biden.

The seizure of Mr. Eastman’s telephone seems to have come on the identical day that federal brokers additionally seized the phone of Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Division official who was central to Mr. Trump’s makes an attempt to coerce the nation’s prime prosecutors into backing his false claims of fraud within the election.

Each Mr. Eastman and Mr. Clark have been central characters in public hearings this month by the Home choose committee on Jan. 6. However the search warrants for his or her telephones point out that the Justice Division can also be now occupied with communications the 2 males could have had pertaining to a broad legal investigation into Mr. Trump’s numerous makes an attempt to remain in energy.

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