The DOJ has reportedly secured the cooperation of former DOJ official Ken Klukowski, who was allegedly the go-between for former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark and Trump election lawyer John Eastman, per CNN. This gives even more strength to the notion that the DOJ is looking to build comprehensive criminal cases against Clark and Eastman in order to flip them against Donald Trump.
Remember, the goal is to convince Eastman and Clark to flip as quickly as possible, by whatever means end up working. That could be actually indicting them to wake them up, or threatening to indict them to give them one last chance to flip, pitting them against each other, or some other tactic.
When it comes to successfully convincing someone to flip, it can come down to the psychology of it as much as anything else. It’s not simply a matter of trying the most “aggressive” approach, which rarely produces the swiftest results, and can unwittingly convince targets to just dig in their heels and go to trial instead.
In any case, it’s shaping up to be a really bad month to be Jeffrey Clark and John Eastman. First the DOJ carried out search and seizure warrants against them. Now the DOJ has apparently obtained the cooperation of the official who was allegedly acting as the go-between for them – meaning this guy can nail them both. Clark and Eastman now each have to be thinking about flipping on the other one first. Or if they were smart, they’d both decide to jointly flip on Trump together.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report