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The John Eastman Story: Haunted or Hallowed? – Most Definitely Hunted.

By Elizabeth Dallam Ayoub | May 7, 2024


Attorney John Eastman, former Dean at Chapman University’s School of Law  where he has been a faculty member since 1999, specialized in Constitutional Law, earned a Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate and his doctorate in jurisprudence (J.S.) from the University of Chicago Law School, has been disbarred from practicing law in the state of California and in the federal D.C. Circuit Court.

Eastman has been criminally indicted in the state of Georgia for participating in a conspiracy to subvert democracy and to overthrow the 2020 presidential election.

What was his crime? Eastman provided advice to his client in 2020 about election law, about the counting of electoral votes.


On December 6, 2020, the Electoral Count Act—Federal law that everyone in the United States is required to follow—stated:


No votes or papers [received from any state regarding the electoral count from that particular state] from any other State shall be acted “upon until the objections previously made to the votes or papers from any State shall have been finally disposed of. . .”


In short, Congress and the U.S. President who enacted the Electoral Count Act understood that there might be objections . . .


§ 17. When the two Houses separate to decide upon an objection that may have been made to the counting of any electoral vote or votes from any State, STATUTE-62-Pg672.pdf (


The Electoral Count Act required that the House of Representatives and the Senate needed to “decide upon an objection.” So, the President of the Senate is Constitutionally charged with opening all of the certificates with no indication of what the President of the Senate is to do in light of any objections.


On December 6, 2020, the United States Constitution read as follows:


The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted.


In other words, the President of the Senate is Constitutionally charged with opening all of the certificates with no indication of what the President of the Senate is to do in light of any objections.


But there was precedent, a course of action that a lawyer could use to advise a client: 


 “The objection tool was used only once in its first 100 years.” Then, in “2002 and 2017,” no representative would join with a representative to object. In 2005, a representative and a senator objected to counting Ohio’s electoral votes cast for George W. Bush, but the challenge was not successful.” What is the Electoral Count Act and why does it present problems? - ABC News (


The advice?


Enter into the world of Google-dominated research, and one will find words like “coup memo.” (See Brainwashing 101 Part 1 and Part 2 and EPSTEIN: Google is shifting votes on a massive scale, but a solution is at hand).


Better yet, listen to John Eastman himself as he appears in person at an MFE-sponsored event in Lansing this Thursday, May 9. His topic: “Lawfare in America and the War on Election Integrity. Stand Now or Forever Bow”  

(Click here to register. See flyer below).

Decide for yourself.


Here, on the hallowed ground that gave rise to government of the people, for the people and by the people, our Founding Fathers (some of whom physically fought for and died for this freedom) penned a document ensuring that the people of this constitutional republic would be treated fairly. The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution states:


In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor,and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.


Listen. Read. Evaluate and decide.


In making your determination, add to your evaluation the fact that the very law that John Eastman used to counsel his client was a law that the new administration revamped and rewrote in December 2022, two years after Eastman gave advice.


The law in effect and on the books since 1887 was used as recently as 2017. Then it was changed by the government officials in D.C whom we elected to represent us (or officials who were appointed by those we elected).


The law that existed at the time Eastman gave his legal advice was called a “vaguely-worded 19th century law” and said to have “ambiguities in the law’s language.” It addressed “The vice president’s role in what usually is a ministerial proceeding.” The same article that assessed the law as “extremely unclear” stated,  “[T]he Electoral Count Act of 1887 is in dire need of reform. It is antiquated, incomplete, vague, and open to exploitation.” 


You decide: Was Eastman’s legal advice to then President Donald Trump given on a vague law, or was the law changed in order to eliminate checks and balances in the electoral system? Were these changes then applied retroactively to John Eastman?


Michigan Fair Elections invites you to come meet John Eastman (Click here to register). Learn his story. You decide. See flyer below.


Elizabeth Dallam Ayoub serves on MFE’s Communications Team. She started her career working for an international company, transitioned into teaching French and Latin while her children were young, and then became a Michigan attorney.


Come Hear Special Guest Attorney Dr. John C. Eastman. 

 “Lawfare in America: War on Election Integrity.

Stand Now or Forever Bow."

Before the 2020 election Attorney John Eastman was a nationally renowned professor of law and community service. He was dean of his law school and an expert in constitutional law. He had a Ph.D. in government and a doctorate in jurisprudence (law) from the University of Chicago Law School. 

Then, Eastman defended President Donald Trump and became a target of progressive lawfare. Since then, he has been criminally indicted, de-banked, and recommended for disbarment. 


Still, Eastman is undeterred and more convinced than ever that the rule of law and election integrity are under assault. Come meet the man. Hear his story. Learn what you can do to help restore integrity to Michigan's elections.


You are invited. Come meet special guest speaker, Dr. John C. Eastman.

“Lawfare in America: War on Election Integrity. Stand Now or Forever Bow.”

Thursday, May 9, 7:15 PM


Sponsored by Michigan Fair Elections  

7:00 PM Doors Open  

7:15 PM Meet and Greet 

7:30 PM Speaker John Eastman, “Lawfare in America and the War on Election Integrity. Stand Now or Forever Bow”  

Location: Ramada by Wyndham Hotel, 7501 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing MI 48917 

No charge. Donations welcomed. Email: 

Background: Click here to read: The Rule of Law Depends on John Eastman


Learn how We The People can win back and secure OUR Future.

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Mark Your Calendars!

Join us Saturday, May 11th for the Pure Integrity Michigan Elections

(PIME) monthly meeting.

This month's keynote speaker will be Jason Woolford, candidate for the House of Representative's 50th District. Jason, a retired Marine and now president of Mission Cry / Christian Resources International has become an established conservative leader and is running for office this November.

Jason will be discussing the importance of the evangelical vote in our coming elections as well as experiences he has had at the southern border.

Find out more about Jason at his website:

Also, as usual, get updates from the team on election legislation, upcoming events, ballot initiatives, fundraising, and on-going litigation.

It's a pot-luck, so come hungry and bring a dish to pass if you are so inclined.

Click the link below to see our schedule for upcoming speakers, including David Kallman from Kallman Legal Group, and Bill Whitbeck of

Hope to see you there!


Mark your calendars to attend Election Integrity Network's outstanding national working groups. Consider also serving as liaison to report to MFE's Task Force Coalition on our Thursday meetings.


  • Citizen Research Project | Ned Jones, EIN

  • Every Tuesday at 6 p.m. (ET)

  • Register HERE

  • Election Technology | Jim Womack, NCEIT

  • Every 2nd and 4th Thursday at 4 p.m. (ET)

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  • Introduction to Election Integrity Infrastructure | Kerri Toloczko and Ned Jones, EIN

  • Every 2nd and 4th Thursday at 7 p.m. (ET)

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  • Vote By Mail / USPS | Ned Jones, EIN

  • Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 4 p.m. (ET)

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  • Legislative Development | Kathleen Harms, TN

  • Every Wednesday at 2 p.m. (ET)

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  • Voter Roll Maintenance | Willard Helander, EIN

  • Every Wednesday at 4 p.m. (ET)

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  • Vulnerable Voters | Kerri Toloczko, EIN

  • Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 4 p.m. (ET)

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  • Election Audits | Mike Raisch

  • Every 1st and 3rd Thursday at 4 p.m. (ET)

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  • Building Local Task Forces | Joshua Taylor

  • Every 2nd and 4th Thursday at 7 p.m. (ET)

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  • Media Training | Kerri Toloczko

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