Recently indicted John Eastman is among those vouching for Clarence Thomas' integrity

John Eastman, a Trump-allied lawyer indicted in connection with efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in Georgia, is among more than 100 of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ former law clerks defending Thomas’ integrity in an open letter.

The undated letter, which appears to be in response to the fallout from a bombshell ProPublica article about lavish trips taken by Thomas and funded by a billionaire GOP donor, calls Thomas’ character “unimpeachable.”

“Different paths led us to our year with Justice Thomas, and we have followed different paths since. But along the way, we all saw with our own eyes the same thing: His integrity is unimpeachable,” said the letter, which Fox News first reported Tuesday.

“Lately, the stories have questioned his integrity and his ethics for the friends he keeps,” the letter said. “We are proud to have been his clerks and to remain his friends, and we unequivocally reject attacks on his integrity, his character, or his ethics.”

John Eastman in Los Angeles
John Eastman in Los Angeles on June 20.Jae C. Hong / AP file

The letter bears the names of 112 people identified as Thomas’ former law clerks. Eastman clerked for Thomas during the Supreme Court term that started in 1996.

Reached for comment, Eastman attorney Harvey Silverglate said: “John Eastman was a law clerk for Justice Thomas. There is obviously a cordial relationship between them.”

A spokesperson for the Supreme Court did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the letter Tuesday evening.

Other names on the letter are those of John Eisenberg, who was deputy counsel in the Trump White House and a top lawyer for the National Security Council, as well as John Yoo, a Justice Department official during the George W. Bush administration who crafted the so-called torture memos that empowered Bush to order “enhanced interrogation” of terrorism suspects. Yoo expressed “grave concerns about Mr. Trump’s uses of presidential power” in a New York Times op-ed shortly after Trump took office.

The letter surfaced days after Trump and his 18 co-defendants surrendered in Georgia. Eastman, who is accused of crafting a memo that falsely suggested that then-Vice President Mike Pence could overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory, agreed to a $100,000 bond as part of his surrender.

Silverglate has argued that Eastman was providing legal advice and guidance to Trump while he was president and didn’t do anything wrong.

Eastman also faces disbarment proceedings in California, where counsel for the state bar has asked a court to revoke his law license in the state over his alleged involvement in a plot to keep Trump in power after he lost the 2020 election.

source: nbcnews.com