Judge David Carter of California was the target of President Donald J. Trump’s ire this week after Carter erroneously claimed that Trump had signed his name to allegations of fake electoral fraud pertaining to the 2020 Georgia election.
Trump claimed that the judge nominated by Bill Clinton had made “very nasty, wrong, and ill-informed statements.”
At the same time, Trump pointed out that the claim was made by the judge in a court case involving conspiracy theorist John Eastman, where Trump is unable to defend himself.
A day earlier, the U.S. district judge responded to Eastman’s request to have the release of his emails to the House January 6 Committee halted with an 18-page decision.
He asserted that some of those communications proved Trump lied to authorities when he acknowledged in a sworn statement information regarding Georgia’s 2020 election tally that he knew to be inaccurate.
“Who’s this Clinton appointed “Judge,” David Carter, who keeps saying, and sending to all, very nasty, wrong, and ill informed statements about me on rulings, or a case (whatever!), currently going on in California, that I know nothing about – nor am I represented.” On his Truth Social app, Trump posted.
“With that being said, please explain to this partisan hack that the Presidential Election of 2020 was Rigged and Stolen.”
He said, “Also, he shouldn’t be making statements about me until he understands the facts, which he doesn’t!”
Eastman has argued that his emails should not be disclosed because they are protected by the attorney-client privilege.
He discovered that they were aiding in the commission of a crime, one of the few occasions when such legal protections can be eliminated.
Carter claimed that Eastman informed Trump that the information he was using in December 2020 to assert that the election had been stolen from him was unreliable.
Carter claimed that Trump disregarded the warning and then lied to the authorities by alleging widespread voter fraud.
“Meanwhile, Trump was embroiled in more legal drama on Wednesday. The former president had been ordered to sit for a deposition by the lawyers of writer E. Jean Carroll, an advice columnist who is suing Trump for defamation after he denied her accusations of sexual assault.” The Daily Mail adding:
‘On December 4, 2020, President Trump and his attorneys alleged in a Georgia state court action that Fulton County improperly counted a number of votes including 10,315 deceased people, 2,560 felons, and 2,423 unregistered voters,’ Carter wrote.
‘President Trump and his attorneys then decided to contest the state court proceeding in federal court, and discussed incorporating by reference the voter fraud numbers alleged in the state petition.
‘On December 30, 2020, Dr. Eastman relayed ‘concerns’ from President Trump’s team ‘about including specific numbers in the paragraph dealing with felons, deceased, moved, etc.’
‘The attorneys continued to discuss the President’s resistance to signing ‘when specific numbers were included.’
‘As Dr. Eastman explained the next day: ‘Although the President signed a verification for [the state court filing] back on Dec. 1, he has since been made aware that some of the allegations (and evidence proffered by the experts) has been inaccurate. For him to sign a new verification with that knowledge (and incorporation by reference) would not be accurate.’
‘President Trump and his attorneys ultimately filed the complaint with the same inaccurate numbers without rectifying, clarifying, or otherwise changing them.’
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Politico reported on the unfolding details:
The emails are among the files that Eastman had been declining to turn over to the committee, citing attorney-client privilege. While Carter concluded that some of the materials fell under that privilege, he ruled that Eastman must disclose four emails to congressional investigators because they are evidence of a likely crime.