Authorities on Wednesday seized the cellphone of John Eastman, the previous lawyer for Donald Trump on the middle of the House committee’s investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, as a part of the Justice Department’s legal probe into efforts to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 election, based on a lawsuit filed by Eastman’s lawyer.
In the lawsuit, Eastman’s lawyer claims that the brokers served the warrant on him final Wednesday night whereas he was exiting a restaurant. They declare Eastman was frisked and his iPhone was seized, and that the brokers made him present biometric knowledge to unlock his telephone.
The go well with, filed in U.S. District Court in New Mexico, seeks to have the telephone returned to Eastman.
Eastman, a right-wing lawyer, drafted a plan for then-President Trump to cling to energy by falsely claiming that then-Vice President Mike Pence may reject respectable electors in the course of the certification of the election on Jan. 6.
Eastman’s lawsuit claims that the warrant for his telephone’s seizure was issued at “the behest of the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General,” which has publicly stated it’s investigating any efforts by DOJ personnel to intervene within the 2020 election outcomes.
Neither representatives for Eastman nor the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., instantly returned ABC News’ request for remark.
As ABC News first reported final week, federal brokers on Wednesday additionally conducted a search of the Virginia dwelling of Jeffrey Clark, the previous DOJ official who additionally allegedly sought to help Trump’s efforts to overturn the election.