In the days leading up to January 6, 2021, Conservative attorney John Eastman repeatedly pressed for then-Vice President Mike Pence to either reject the electoral college votes of certain states or defer Congress to announce the results of the 2020 election. certifying, apparently leaving no options for a logical resolution, according to testimony from a selected House committee hearing Thursday.
“If the courts didn’t step in to resolve this, there would be no one else to resolve this,” said Greg Jacob, Pence’s chief counsel. “…That matter might have to be decided on the street then.”
During his testimony, Jacob said that on January 5, 2021, Eastman and Jacob met in which Eastman asked Pence to “outright reject the voters.”
Jacob said he tried to reason with Eastman, pointing out that there was no historical or constitutional basis for Pence to choose not to certify the election results. Jacob also stated that the courts are unlikely to “interfere in the political issue”.
“And I concluded by saying, ‘John, in light of everything we’ve discussed here, can’t we both agree that this is a terrible idea?’ said Jacob. †[Eastman] couldn’t quite bring myself to say yes to that.”
Thursday was the third day of hearings on the January 6 uprising, led by a select committee of nine members. Committee members presented evidence showing the pressure on Pence to reverse the election results, and the consequences for the country if Pence failed to adhere to the vice president’s largely ceremonial role in vote counting.
Two more hearings are scheduled for Monday and Thursday.