A California federal judge this week made a series of assertions in a court filing that some believe raises the specter of potentially disturbing new perjury-related legal jeopardy for former President Donald Trump, as the Washington Examiner reports.
In a case in which he ordered former Trump legal adviser John Eastman to release certain previously contested emails to the House panel probing the events of Jan. 6, 2021, Judge David Carter essentially accused Trump of making knowingly false representations to a Georgia court – as well as to the public – about the scope of possible vote fraud in the 2020 presidential contest.
Carter was referencing a court filing made by Trump attorneys in the aftermath of the 2020 election, in which it was claimed that Georgia's Fulton County counted ballots from more than 10,000 deceased individuals, felons, and unregistered voters.
As part of one of the email messages Eastman sought to protect from disclosure, the attorney noted that Trump had been told that certain of the above allegations of fraud – as well as evidence pertaining to them – had since been shown to be inaccurate and that for the former president to sign a verification of the claims would be of questionable wisdom.
Nevertheless, Carter wrote, "President Trump and his attorneys ultimately filed the complaint with the same inaccurate numbers without rectifying, clarifying, or otherwise changing them. President Trump, moreover, signed a verification swearing under oath that the incorporated, inaccurate numbers 'are true and correct' or 'believed to be true and correct' to the best of his knowledge and belief."
Carter further opined, "The Court finds that these emails are sufficiently related to and in furtherance of a conspiracy to defraud the United States."
Not surprisingly, outspoken foes of the former president were quick to report gleefully on Carter's findings, with anti-Trump lawyer George Conway telling CNN's Anderson Cooper that they amount to a "smoking gun" and that the provide evidence of "perjury" as well as other "federal crimes."
In characteristically swift fashion, Trump fired back at Carter on Thursday via his Truth Social platform, as CNBC noted, writing, "Who's this Clinton appointed 'Judge,' David Carter, who keeps saying, and sending to all, very nasty, wrong, and ill informed statements about me on rulings, or a case (whatever!), currently going on in California, that I know nothing about – nor am I represented."
"With that being said, please explain to this partisan hack that the Presidential Election of 2020 was Rigged and Stolen. Also, he shouldn't be making statements about me until he understands the facts, which he doesn't!" Trump added, but precisely how Carter's arguably damning declarations will impact the former president's potential legal exposure in Georgia, only time will tell.