According to Mediate, former pro-Trump attorney John Eastman’s surrender to the Fulton County Jail on charges related to his alleged involvement in tampering with Georgia’s 2020 election results has drawn attention from journalists seeking insights into the case. Eastman faced questions from reporters, but he largely responded with “no comment.”
Ali Vitali of MSNBC asked Eastman about the standing of others involved in the case, including Mark Meadows, and inquired about the booking process, including whether a mugshot was taken. CNN’s Zachary Cohen reported that Eastman’s attorney confirmed that he was processed like any other inmate, undergoing standard procedures such as a mugshot and a search.
Dana Bash, anchor and reporter, turned to senior reporter Katelyn Polantz for more information about Eastman’s recent statement and interaction with reporters. In his statement, Eastman expressed his view that he was being criminalized for being an attorney. However, he also spoke with reporters outside the jail, emphasizing that he had not been in contact with Donald Trump, was personally covering his legal bills, and that Trump was not aiding him financially. He stated that he had no regrets about representing Trump after the 2020 election, as he believed in his actions.
“He essentially said in his statement that this was a shame, that he was being criminalized for being an attorney,” Polantz said, continuing:
But he also spoke to two of our reporters outside of the jail, just now, Zach Cohen and Nick Valencia spoke with John Eastman, and he said that he’s not talked to Donald Trump, first and foremost; that he’s paying for his own legal bills, that Donald Trump is not helping him in that regard. We haven’t seen any evidence of that, just to make clear on that. And then, also, Dana, he has no regrets representing Donald Trump after the 2020 election, that what he did, he believes in.
In addition to Eastman, Scott Hall, a bail bondsman and Georgia poll worker, also surrendered on Tuesday. Hall is accused of participating in a voting systems breach in Coffee County, southeast of Atlanta. Donald Trump indicated that he plans to turn himself in on Thursday, following the GOP presidential debate that he has chosen to skip.
The unfolding developments in this case highlight the legal and political complexities surrounding allegations of election tampering and the involvement of individuals closely associated with former President Donald Trump. The statements and actions of those connected to the case are being closely scrutinized by both the media and the public.
John Eastman isn't backing down. Asked if he thought the 2020 election was stolen:
"Absolutely. No question." pic.twitter.com/7b1Sf5c0u3
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) August 22, 2023