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A US judge on Monday concluded that former President Donald Trump “probably” committed a crime by trying to pressure his vice-president to obstruct Congress and reverse his election defeat on Jan. 6, 2021.
That came in a ruling that concluded that the House committee investigating the deadly attack on the Capitol had the right to see emails written by John Eastman, who was one of Trump’s lawyers at the time, to the former president.
Los Angeles District Court Judge David Carter said Republican Trump’s plan to reverse his defeat in the November 2020 vote by Democrat Joe Biden amounted to an attempted “coup.”
“The court found that President Trump likely attempted… to obstruct the joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021,” Carter said in a written decision. “The violation of the law by the plan was a clear matter.”
Representatives for Trump did not respond to requests for comment.
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