Federal Investigators Accessed Emails From Representatives Scott Perry, John Eastman, and Other Trump Supporters In A 2020 Effort
According to a newly announced DC District Court order. Federal investigators had access to accounts, autobiographical drafts, and other documents in multiple emails. Saying that Republican Rep. Scott Perry, Donald Trump’s campaign attorney John Eastman, and former Justice Department officials Jeffrey Clark and Ken Kurkowski had discussed and talked through in the 2020 election.
The order, revealed on Thursday, explores how far federal prosecutors have looked carefully and thoroughly for information from Trump supporters as part of an effort to stop a disorderly criminal investigation and the president’s transition to power on January 6, 2021, is shown.
According to a published post by CNN Politics, DC District Court’s Chief Judge Beryl Howell allowed federal agents access to send and receive email messages from Perry, who made false allegations of voter fraud—after the 2020 election. Together with Eastman, Clark, and Klukowski to ricochet Trump’s election losses with Perry.
The search yielded over 130,000 documents and book sketches that Clark wrote about himself and his experiences in 2020 and early 2021. Among the documents were 331 drafts of Clark’s autobiographical sketches, which Clark saved in his Google account, according to court filings.
The order makes it clear that the Department of Justice will conduct multiple investigations in his May, June, and once more in September.
Court filings also show that investigators carefully and thoroughly handled attorney communications that could be considered off the record to the public and used a filtering team to catalog what they gleaned from their searches. Then, they finally went through the federal court and got access to some documents.
Emails From 2020 Trump Supporters Accessed by Federal Investigators
Earlier this year, Clark refused to answer questions from multiple investigative teams, citing Fifth Amendment rights, labeled a draft of his autobiography as the work product of his lawyers, and divulged the secret. He hinted that he wanted to protect it.
But the Justice Department prosecutor told the judge. “Clark wrote the autobiography outline in an atmosphere charged with news that congressional committees’ investigations into January 6, 2021, Capitol attack and other efforts to overturn the 2020 election were increasingly focusing on his role,” Howell added, which covered the 2020 election in six chapters.
The court order cites an excerpt from Clark’s prologue saying that after the 2000 election, Clark “didn’t think I [he’d] could see a second hard-fought presidential election,” but he’s “wrong.”
In a proclamation on Friday, Charles Burnham, Clark’s attorney, condemned the decision to open the order, saying, “It is up to those in the department who looked up to this opening to explain why this is not a calculated move to increase pressure on those under investigation and may affect future jury pools.”
Investigators found in Perry’s email cache that Eastman, Klukowski, and Clark had been in touch with members of Congress dozens of times since the election. The Justice Department’s filtering team first filtered out a handful of email exchanges and attachments, and Howell then gave prosecutors access to his 37 records.
In those records, about a week after the 2020 election, Klukowski confirmed via email that he and Perry spoke, then attached a document that allows the state legislature to determine the presidential election.
In mid-December 2021, three emails show Eastman had a phone conversation with Perry. “John, this is Congressman Scott Perry of PA. Can you get in touch ASAP?” said around December 11.
In 2021, other emails from Clarke’s account after the Trump administration ended. It includes sending Perry his resume, a forwarded excerpt of an essay by Verclav Hubbell, an interview with Roger Stone, and discussion and commentary on the transmitted Pennsylvania electoral system.
Around January 6 this year, Eastman, Perry, Clark, and Klukowski were all identified as subjects of the DOJ criminal investigation when federal agents searched each man’s cell phone. At the beginning of this week, CNN reported that the DOJ had a dispute over access to Perry’s cell phone data, but it’s unclear and obscure if that was resolved.
In the end, none of the four men have been criminally charged.