Trump eyes lawyer who spoke at rally to help in impeachment trial: report

President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE is reportedly considering hiring an attorney who spoke at the "Stop the Steal" rally in Washington, D.C., last week before the president's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol as part of Trump's defense in his second impeachment trial. 

Two unidentified sources told Reuters that John Eastman, a conservative attorney who clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence ThomasClarence ThomasSupreme Court denies review of former NY lawmaker's corruption conviction Undoing Trump will take more than executive orders LIVE INAUGURATION COVERAGE: Biden signs executive orders; press secretary holds first briefing MORE and who was part of the legal team that represented Trump in cases contesting the election results in several states, is under consideration to be a part of Trump's defense team. 

Trump on Wednesday became the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice after ten Republican House members joined Democrats in passing an article of impeachment against him for "inciting insurrection" over his role in the deadly rioting. 


During the rally last Wednesday, Trump urged his supporters to march on the Capitol and display "strength" as they "fight" for him and pressure lawmakers to reject President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBudowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit DC might win US House vote if it tries Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models MORE's Electoral College victory. 

"All we are asking is that Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceHouse formally sends impeachment to Senate, putting Trump on trial for Capitol riot Biden White House to resume COVID-19 briefings with health officials Cancel culture comes for the moderates MORE ... allow the legislatures of the state to look at [allegations of voter fraud] so we can get to the bottom of it and the American people know whether we have control of the direction of our government or not," Eastman said while appearing with Trump's personal attorney, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP senator retires Dominion Voting Systems files .3B defamation suit against Giuliani The next hustle: What we should expect from Trump MORE, during the event. "We no longer live in a self-governing republic if we can't get the answer to this question. 

Giuliani, who called for "trial by combat" during the rally, is expected to lead Trump's second impeachment defense just as he did the first time the president was impeached. 

Eastman was on the receiving end of backlash late last year after he penned a Newsweek op-ed questioning whether Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisInaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models Overnight Defense: Biden lifts Trump's transgender military ban | Democrats, advocates celebrate end of ban | 5,000 guardsmen staying in DC through mid-March The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP senator retires MORE is eligible to serve in the role because her parents were not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 

“If the President of the United States asked me to consider helping him, I would certainly give it consideration," Eastman told Reuters

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.