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John Eastman appears onscreen during a House Select Committee hearing to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol on June 21.
John Eastman appears onscreen during a House Select Committee hearing to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on June 21. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The FBI seized the phone of former President Donald Trump’s election attorney John Eastman last week, according to a new court filing from the conservative attorney.

Eastman disclosed the search and seizure in federal court in a lawsuit he filed Monday in New Mexico, calling it inappropriate.

The revelation highlights the aggressive steps the Justice Department has taken in recent weeks as part of its ongoing criminal investigation.

Federal agents from the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Justice, which is coordinating with the FBI’s and U.S. Attorney’s wider investigation into Jan. 6, 2021, raided the home of former DOJ officer Jeffrey Clark last week. , a well-known source previously told CNN. That search — in which the Justice Department’s inspector general’s participation had not been previously reported — came on the same day as Eastman’s.

The Inspector General investigates allegations of law violations by Justice Department employees and is capable of conducting searches and seizures. After investigation, the Inspector General can refer any criminal cases to public prosecutors.

Eastman’s lawyers cited a reference in the warrant to the Inspector General’s office that may have analyzed the contents of the phone, although it remains unclear to what extent the watchdog may have been involved in his case.

Neither Eastman nor Clark have been charged with any crime.

Clark’s attorneys did not respond to requests for comment. A spokesman for the DOJ’s inspector general’s office declined to comment Monday.

Last Wednesday, about six federal investigators approached Eastman in New Mexico as he was leaving a restaurant after dinner with his wife and a friend, according to court records. He was knocked and “forced to provide” [facial] biometrics to access the phone,” the Eastman court said.

Agents were able to access Eastman’s email accounts on his iPhone 12 Pro, the archives say.

Eastman is the latest person whose communications have become part of extensive Justice Department investigations related to the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol.

Eastman claims the officers “forced” him to unlock his phone.

In court, he asks a federal judge to force the Justice Department to return his property, destroy the data obtained and block the investigators’ access to the phone.

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