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Judge lays out schedule for Eastman to speed up records processing for Jan. 6 panel

Associated Press / Susan Walsh

A federal judge has instructed John Eastman, a lawyer who worked with former President Trump in his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, to speed up his production of documents to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

Judge David Carter issued a more detailed production schedule on Wednesday, laying out a timeline for how Eastman should review and process the documents requested by the Jan. 6 panel, according to a copy of the document published by Politico

The committee, according to Politico, has requested 19,000 pages of emails from Chapman University, his former employer. Eastman had tried to stop the subpoena for the emails, which was rejected by Carter.

Douglas Letter, counsel for the House committee, penned an update to the court on Wednesday writing that the panel is “concerned about the pace” of Eastman’s review, noting that it appears he had “not even begun reviewing the documents at issue” and “will not begin before tonight or tomorrow.”

Eastman’s lawyers, however, filed their own update to the court, writing that their client had received a cluster of documents when he was on a flight on Tuesday, and therefore “could not download them on the available internet.” The attorneys said Eastman would “continue the review process in coordination with counsel this evening.”

Starting Friday, Carter has ordered Eastman to review and process 1,500 pages per business day and release any unprivileged documents or related metadata to the committee.

The lawyer was also ordered to create a privilege log each business day that includes any documents or related metadata deemed privileged to the committee and the court.

The court instructed Eastman to “notify the Court of any issues he faces in maintaining that pace.”

The schedule also details the challenge process for documents deemed privileged: the congressional panel will have three business days from when the privilege log was received to file challenges, then Eastman has one day to file challenged documents under seal for court review.

The Jan. 6 panel subpoenaed Eastman in November.

Following Trump’s loss in the 2020 election, Eastman drafted a memo advising the Trump campaign on using the purported vice presidential authority to push back on the election results and encourage state legislatures to oppose electors from specific states to deny President Biden an Electoral College win.

Eastman sued Verizon and the Jan. 6 committee last month in an attempt to block the committee from receiving his phone records. 

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