Ex-Trump lawyer who developed plan to overturn 2020 presidential election surrenders in Georgia

Chapman School of Law professor John Eastman testifies on Capitol Hill in 2017. Eastman was also a former lawyer for former President Donald Trump.
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John Eastman, the conservative attorney who masterminded a legal strategy to attempt to overturn the 2020 election, surrendered to authorities Tuesday on charges in Georgia.

He was indicted last week alongside former President Donald Trump and 17 others accused of a scheme to steal the 2020 election from President Joe Biden in the Peach State. He faces charges on conspiracy to impersonate a public officer, conspiracy to commit false statements and writings and other charges.

Following the 2020 election, the onetime Trump lawyer was accused of promoting a strategy of finding Trump-supporting electors in battleground states and tasking former Vice President Mike Pence with disqualifying the real electors or delaying the counting of Biden's electoral votes.

Eastman on Tuesday was released by authorities after being booked in the Fulton County Jail. He will enter a plea at an arraignment in the coming weeks.

The attorney protested the indictment in a statement through his lawyers on Tuesday, saying it “should never have been brought.” He also alleged that officials have targeted “attorneys for their zealous advocacy on behalf of their clients”

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But Eastman isn’t only involved in Trump’s indictment in Georgia. An attorney for Eastman previously told USA TODAY that he’s most likely the second of six co-conspirators listed in the federal indictment against Trump over his alleged effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

Scott Hall, other Trump allies in Georgia

Eastman was not Trump’s only co-defendant who surrendered on Tuesday. Bail bondsman Scott Hall also turned himself in to authorities, after he was accused of participating in an election equipment breach in Coffee County, Georgia.

All of the defendants in the Georgia case are expected to turn themselves in by Friday afternoon.

Trump has not turned himself in to authorities yet, but his bail has been set at $200,000. He shared on his Truth Social platform on Monday that he is planning to surrender on Thursday.

Contributing: Associated Press; Miles J. Herszenhorn, Sudiksha Kochi and David Jackson, USA TODAY

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Ex-Trump lawyer who tried to overturn election surrenders in Georgia