The Paper of Record, which sent six reporters to write four stories about Alan Dershowitz’s dinner invitations and did two news and three opinion pieces about whether a Harvard Law professor would be able to keep his side gig as a dorm RA, still has no news stories about the Eastman memo. But at least there is now an excellent Jamelle Bouie column:
When this was first revealed, I assumed that Trump simply wanted Pence to do whatever it would take to keep himself in power. But this week we learned that he had an actual plan in mind, devised by John Eastman, a prominent conservative lawyer who worked with the former president to challenge the election results, a job that included a speaking slot at the rally on the National Mall that preceded the attack on the Capitol.
“We know there was fraud,” Eastman said to the crowd that would become a mob. “We know that dead people voted.”
“All we are demanding of Vice President Pence,” he continued, “is this afternoon at 1 o’clock, he let the legislatures of the states look into this so we get to the bottom of it and the American people know whether we have control of the direction of our government or not!”
These weren’t just the ravings of a partisan. Eastman was essentially summarizing the contents of a memo he had written on Trump’s behalf, describing the steps Pence would take to overturn the election in Trump’s favor.
Look, I’m not saying a detailed election theft plan the vice president seriously considered executing is as important as, say, the clouds raised and questions shadowed by the Secretary of State turning down a request for diplomatic passports, but it still seems important.
Despite this, network news has also completely ignored the story. If only Eastman had forwarded the plan to John Podesta…