Eastman files motion for exculpatory information and continuance


In response to the January 6 Select Committee Brief to Eastman Privilege Assertions, Eastman has filed a new motion with the court.

  • A request for the court to require the committee to disclose all exculpatory information in its possession
  • Continuance argument is Eastman is now acting as a defense of the former President of the United States

Source: Court Listener

Notable quote: “If the former President had himself been charged with these alleged crimes, it could easily be years before an ultimate decision was reached by a judge or jury.”

Update: Judge David O. Carter denied the motion for exculpatory information.

January 6 Select Committee Brief to Eastman Privilege Assertions

  • John C. Eastman claimed attorney client privilege for documents dated January 4-7, 2021.
  • A zoom court hearing occurred February 14, 2022 with Judge David Carter presiding in Santa Ana, California.
  • January 6 Select Committee released a brief in opposition to the privilege assertions.
  • According to the brief, “On January 2, 2021, the President and Plaintiff convened a video conference with hundreds of state legislators from swing states won by candidate Biden.”
  • “Michigan Republican Co-Chair, Meshawn Maddock publicly stated, for example, that she “fought to seat the electors” because “the Trump campaign asked us to do that.”
  • “For example, on January 4, 2021, President Trump and Plaintiff met with Vice President Pence and his staff … Plaintiff tried to persuade the Vice President to take action on the electors.”

Source: Brief Text

Senator Ron Johnson (WI-R) Will Run for Third Term


Senator Ron Johnson (WI-R) announced in an email that he is going to seek a third term. The announcement follows one by Senator John Thune (SD-R) seeking his fourth term. The state primary date is August 9, 2022. The election will be held November 8, 2022.

  • Senator Ron Johnson won his first senate election against Democrat Russ Feingold in 2010.
  • He won his second election in 2016 against Democrat Russ Feingold.
  • In 2013, he promised his second term would be his last.
  • A strong backer of former President Donald J. Trump.
  • Former President Trump endorsed Johnson for a third term in April 2021.
  • A leading voice in downplaying the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
  • Wisconsin is “battleground” state in which elections are close.
  • Wisconsin is one of the few states with one Senator from both major political parties.
  • President Joe Biden won Wisconsin in the 2020 election by approximately 20,000 votes.
  • Candidate filing dates open April 15 and close June 1, by 5 p.m.
  • There are three other Republicans seeking the nomination: John Berman, Brad Beyer and Justin Doty
  • The current list of Democrats seeking the nomination include Mandela Barnes, Gillian Battino, Sarah Godlewski, Alex Lasry, Kou Lee, Chantia Lewis, Adam Murphy, Tom Nelson, Steven Olikara, Peter Peckarsky, Jeff Rumbaugh, Darrell Williams.
  • The state primary is August 9, 2022.

In Wisconsin, if registering by mail, the application must be postmarked no later than 20 days before the election. In-person registration must be completed by 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day.

Senator Manchin Is Still No On Build Back Better


Reporting from the end of December, 2021 suggested Senator Joe Manchin (WV-D) stated his support for a billionaire wealth tax in the Build Back Better (BBB) plan. Today, the Washington Post reported his proposals for the spending plan are off the table.

  • The text for the House version is available online.
  • The CBO released a cost estimate based on ten years of spending.
  • The Democratic Party is the majority party in the senate.
  • No Republican has offered support for the BBB plan.
  • All Democrats would need to vote in favor of the legislation for it to pass.
  • Senator Joe Manchin (D) has been signaling for months that he is not interested in BBB.

State of the Union To Be Delivered on March 1


Most presidents deliver the State of the Union during the month of January or February. Instead, President Biden (D) will deliver the State of the Union in March.

  • Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 mandates an annual message from the President to Congress.
  • The first Annual Message was delivered in 1790 by the President George Washington.
  • The annual speech was formally known as the Annual Message from 1790 to 1946, then informally called the State of the Union.
  • The Annual Message is given to the joint session of Congress.
  • Presidents deliver State of the Union addresses in the House of Representatives.
  • Congress shifted the opening of its sessions to January in 1934.
  • Since 1977, new presidents have not called their first speech before a joint session of Congress a “State of the Union.”
  • This will be President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union.

A Federal Judge Dismisses Trump Spokesman’s Lawsuit

  • A Federal judge on Wednesday December 29, 2021, has dismissed the Taylor Budowich lawsuit as moot
  • The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot issued a subpoena to Taylor Budowich on November 22, 2021.
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co. was issued a subpoena on November 23, 2021
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co. gave a deadline to Mr. Budowich of 5 p.m. ET on Christmas Eve to show Mr. Budowich legally blocked the subpoena
  • Taylor Budowich filed a lawsuit Christmas Eve in the federal court in the District of Columbia to block release of financial records by JP Morgan.
  • Mr. Budowich claims he previously turned over 1700 documents to the House select committee.
  • The lawsuit includes Nancy Pelosi, citing the committee is illegitimate.

UPDATE: A Federal judge on Wednesday December 29, 2021, has dismissed the Taylor Budowich lawsuit as moot because the records were already turned over to the House select committee by JP Morgan & Chase.

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