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Judge says Trump likely broke the law by trying to obstruct Congress from confirming Biden win

Attorney John Eastman gestures as he speaks next to U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, as Trump supporters gather ahead of the president’s speech to contest the certification by the U.S. Congress of the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election on the Ellipse in Washington, U.S, January 6, 2021.
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A federal judge said former President Donald Trump likely broke the law by “corruptly” attempting to obstruct the confirmation of President Joe Biden’s Electoral College win by Congress on Jan. 6, 2021.

Judge David Carter wrote in a court ruling that if Trump’s plan with his ally John Eastman “had worked, it would have permanently ended the peaceful transition of power, undermining American democracy and the Constitution.”

“If the country does not commit to investigating and pursuing accountability for those responsible, the Court fears January 6 will repeat itself,” Carter wrote in the ruling in U.S. District Court for the Central District in California.

The judge’s stinging comments came in a decision that ordered Eastman to disclose 101 documents to the select House committee that is investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and events leading up to it. Carter wrote that 10 other documents should not be turned over to the committee, finding that they are privileged.

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