USAA Becomes Second Bank to Cancel Accounts of Pro-Trump Lawyer John Eastman – Calvin Freiburger 4/18/24


Former Trump attorney John Eastman says that top Bank of America and military-family financial services provider USAA have both shut down his accounts without explanation amid the conservative legal scholar’s ongoing woes stemming from his role in challenging the 2020 election results.

Eastman told the Daily Caller that in September 2023 Bank of America notified him it would be terminating his accounts, which he had mostly phased out of using due to the company’s left-wing policies. However, USAA, which prides itself on “help(ing) military families protect what and who they love,” notified him two months later that they were closing his accounts with them as well (Eastman’s family qualified for USAA due to his father-in-law’s service in World War II and the Korean War).

“And so that was where all of our automatic payments were coming out of, all our automatic deposits,” he said. “So it was a real pain to shift everything. We had to get a new bank account opened and shift everything over.” Neither company offered a rationale for its decision, either to Eastman or to the Daily Caller.

Eastman’s professional life and public reputation have taken a series of hits ever since the bitterly disputed 2020 election between former President Donald Trump and Democrat successor Joe Biden, during which Eastman advised that former Vice President Mike Pence had the constitutional authority to block the certification of electoral votes. Pence infamously disagreed, and Democrats incorporated Trump and Eastman’s position into their persistent efforts to accuse Trump of “insurrection.”

As a result, Eastman was pressured to resign from Chapman University in January 2021. He has been recommended for disbarment in California and is a co-defendant of Trump’s in Fulton County, Georgia’s election case, along with continuing to be questioned by Capitol Hill investigators. His defenders cast him as an unjustified victim of weaponized government; even experts who disagree with his legal opinion about vice presidential authority such as George Washington University’s Jonathan Turley have decried efforts to punish him as criminalization of differing views….

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