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Trump lawyer John Eastman refuses to answer questions from Georgia grand jury

WASHINGTON – John Eastmanthe lawyer who developed former President Donald Trump’s strategy to overturn Joe Biden’s presidential election victory, appeared Wednesday before a Georgian grand jury investigating interference in the 2020 election.

Eastman’s lawyers, Charles Burnham and Harvey Silverglate, issued a statement saying they advised him to refuse to answer questions under his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. The lawyers declined to reveal the substance of the questions posed.

“By all indications, the District Attorney’s Office has set itself on an unprecedented path of criminalizing controversial or disfavored legal theories, possibly in hopes that the federal government will follow its lead,” the statement said. “Criminalization of unpopular legal theories is against every American tradition and would have ended the careers of John Adams, Ruth Ginsburg, Thurgood Marshall and many other now-celebrated American lawyers.”

Separately, Silverglate raised concerns that his client had become a target of the investigation along with Trump attorney Rudy Guiliani and 16 others who served as alternate electors for Trump in the state in an attempt to void President Joe Biden’s victory.

“The reason is that criminal prosecutors are able, in the jargon of my trade, ‘able to indict a ham sandwich.’ ” Silverglate told USA TODAY in an email. “Criminal statutes are broad and vague so that just about everyone has done something that arguably could be twisted to fit into some definition of a crime. We are all vulnerable.”

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Chapman School of Law professor John Eastman testifies on Capitol Hill in 2017. Eastman was also a former lawyer for former President Donald Trump.

Chapman School of Law professor John Eastman testifies on Capitol Hill in 2017. Eastman was also a former lawyer for former President Donald Trump.

Eastman previously refused to answer questions at the House committee investigating the Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021, by citing

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