Eastman said dueling electors were ‘dead on arrival’ without state legislature backing

John Eastman, the architect of Donald Trump’s bid to overturn the election on Jan. 6, 2021, told associates in December 2020 that the “alternate electors” the former president’s plan depended on would be “dead on arrival” unless state legislatures voted to certify them.

Yet even after every state legislature rebuffed Trump’s calls, Eastman pressed ahead with plans to pressure then-Vice President Mike Pence to consider the false electors, telling one campaign official that enough “uncertainty” existed to justify blocking Joe Biden’s victory.

The exchanges, detailed in court papers filed late Thursday by the

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