John Eastman at Trump rally
John Eastman (left) speaks next to Rudy Giuliani, as Trump supporters gather before the insurrection on Jan. 6. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection is expected to subpoena John Eastman, the former Chapman University law school dean who advised President Trump on ways to overturn the election.

Multiple media outlets reported Tuesday that Eastman, who wrote a memo outlining a six-step plan to overturn the election and give the presidency back to Trump, could expect a subpoena to testify before Congress.

Eastman’s bizarre memo argued that it was up to former Vice President Mike Pence to set the scheme in motion.

“The fact is that the Constitution assigns this power to the Vice President as the
ultimate arbiter,” according to the memo.

Eastman spoke at the rally before the violent riot, telling angry Trump supporters the election had been stolen. Days later he agreed under pressure to resign from Chapman University, where he had once been dean of the law school.

University President Daniele Struppa said the agreement closed a “challenging chapter” for the Orange County institution.

Eastman also brought controversy to the university for his role in filing a legal brief before the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to overturn the election results, and in arguing in an op-ed that Kamala Harris was not eligible to be Vice President because her parents were immigrants.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.