The aide noted that a subpoena would be avoidable if Eastman voluntarily chose to cooperate with the committee’s inquiry.
Under Eastman’s scheme, Pence would have declared Trump the winner with more Electoral College votes after the results from seven states were thrown out, at 232 votes to 222.
Anticipating “howls” from Democrats protesting the overturning of the election, the memo proposes, Pence would instead say that no candidate had reached 270 votes in the Electoral College. That would throw the election to the House of Representatives, where each state would get one vote. Since Republicans controlled 26 state delegations, a majority could vote for Trump to win the election.
The plan was first proposed to Pence when Eastman was with Trump in the Oval Office on January 4, during one of Trump’s attempts to convince Pence that he had the authority to stop the certification of the election for Joe Biden.
The five former staffers have had conversations with either committee members or their staff. Some believe they have information worth sharing, while others are hoping to avoid being legally compelled to talk to the committee.
This story has been updated with additional information Tuesday.
CNN’s Paul LeBlanc contributed to this report.Source link