Donald Trump lashed out at a federal judge on Thursday who wrote that he knowingly lied under oath about voter fraud while trying to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“Who’s this Clinton appointed ‘Judge,’ David Carter, who keeps saying, and sending to all, very nasty, wrong, and ill informed statements about me on rulings, or a case (whatever!), currently going on in California, that I know nothing about – nor am I represented,” Trump wrote on his social media app, Truth Social. “With that being said, please explain to this partisan hack that the Presidential Election of 2020 was Rigged and Stolen. Also, he shouldn’t be making statements about me until he understands the facts, which he doesn’t!”
On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge David Carter of Central California ruled that John Eastman must turn over documents to the House committee investigating the Capitol riot. Eastman was the author of a memo outlining a dubious legal strategy for then-Vice President Mike Pence to reject Electoral College votes for Joe Biden on Jan 6.
Included in those documents were emails that Carter wrote in his ruling, “demonstrate an effort by President Trump and his attorneys to press false claims in federal court for the purpose of delaying the January 6 vote.”
In a Dec. 30, 2020 email, “Eastman relayed ‘concerns’ from President Trump’s team ‘about including specific numbers in the paragraph dealing with felons, deceased, moved, etc.,'” Carter said.
Trump’s team had already used false numbers in a suit in state court in early December alleging that Fulton County, Georgia, “improperly counted a number of votes including 10,315 deceased people, 2,560 felons, and 2,423 unregistered voters.”
In an email on Dec. 31, 2020, Eastman said, “although the President signed a verification for [the state court filing] back on Dec. 1, he has since been made aware that some of the allegations (and evidence proffered by the experts) has been inaccurate.”
Trump and his legal team nevertheless went on to file the complaint “with the same inaccurate numbers without rectifying, clarifying, or otherwise changing them,” Carter wrote.
“The emails show that President Trump knew that the specific numbers of voter fraud were wrong but continued to tout those numbers, both in court and to the public,” Carter wrote in his ruling. “The Court finds that these emails are sufficiently related to and in furtherance of a conspiracy to defraud the United States.”