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Law professor who addressed Jan. 6 Trump rally won’t return to university

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The law professor who spoke at President Donald Trump‘s January 6 rally in front of the White House before rioters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol will not be returning to his teaching job at Chapman University, The Washington Examiner reported Wednesday.

Due to the comments Dr. John Eastman made at the “Save America” rally, university president Daniele Struppa announced Wednesday morning that Dr. John Eastman would not be coming back to his job. Eastman had taught at the Southern Californian institution for more than two decades and formerly served as the Fowler School of Law’s dean.

“After discussions over the course of the last week, Dr. John Eastman and Chapman University have reached an agreement pursuant to which he will retire from Chapman, effective immediately,” Struppa’s statement reads. “Dr. Eastman’s departure closes this challenging chapter for Chapman and provides the most immediate and certain path forward for both the Chapman community and Dr. Eastman. Chapman and Dr. Eastman have agreed not to engage in legal actions of any kind, including any claim of defamation that may currently exist, as both parties move forward.”

Also on Wednesday, in his own statement published on the website of the conservative Claremont Institute, Eastman announced “with mixed feelings” his retirement from Chapman.

He stated that his retirement was partially due to “some of my ‘colleagues’ on the campus or to the few members of the Board of Trustees who have published false, defamatory statements about me without even the courtesy of contacting me beforehand to discuss.”

Furthermore, Eastman was angered by a “defamatory” letter signed by about 160 university faculty members who accused him of “participation” in the deadly Capitol riot. Speaking at the rally beside Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, Eastman promoted allegations of election fraud.

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He denied the claim that he “participated in a riot that incited” violence at the Capitol, arguing it was untrue.

“I participated in a peaceful rally of nearly ½ million people, two miles away from the violence that occurred at the capital and which began even before the speeches were finished,” Eastman said.

Moreover, the former law professor took the opportunity to double down on a series of election fraud claims that he promoted at the rally, notably defending his claims of “secret folders” in the voting machines that can allegedly add extraneous votes to a candidate’s vote total.

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Judge orders Biden’s DHS to release files on agents accused of censoring election ‘misinformation’

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Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry made headway in countering federal agents involved in suppressing what liberal tech labeled “misinformation” on social media.

The Attorneys General moved to release testimony from five Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) employees after learning of their participation in the Biden administration’s counter-“disinformation” efforts. On Wednesday, a Louisiana judge ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release the files.

Court documents dated Jan. 19 show  the agents participated. The judge’s motion Wednesday could shed light on a “switchboarding” tactic employed during the 2020 election, according to the order.

The lawsuit alleges that the defendants, which include the named individuals as well as President Joe Biden and top officials from a variety of federal agencies, “colluded and/or coerced social media companies to suppress disfavored speakers, viewpoints, and content on social media platforms by labeling the content “dis-information,” “mis-information,” and “mal-formation.”

The Daily Caller reports that the five CISA employees allegedly served as a “switchboard” to route requests from federal agencies to censor disinformation to various social media companies, according to the documents.

Switchboard work employed “an audit official to identify something on social media they deemed to be disinformation aimed at their jurisdiction,” top CISA election security agent Brian Skully testified in a deposition released Thursday.

“They couldforward that to CISA and CISA would share that with the appropriate social mediacompanies.”

 

 

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