Chapman University law professor who spoke at Trump Capitol rally will retire after uproar

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Chapman University professor John Eastman stands next to Rudy Giuliani during a rally near the White House in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Chapman University professor John Eastman stands next to Rudy Giuliani during a rally near the White House in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.
(BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Capping days of growing uproar, Chapman University announced Wednesday that a professor who participated in the pro-Trump rally the same day that a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol would retire immediately.

John Eastman, an endowed professor and constitutional law scholar at Chapman, spoke alongside Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani at the “Save America” rally Jan. 6, making the unsubstantiated claim that “secret folders” inside ballot-counting machines skewed both the presidential and Georgia Senate race results in Democrats’ favor.

Chapman President Daniele Struppa said in a statement that the university and Eastman had reached an agreement and Eastman would retire immediately. Both parties agreed not to take any kind of legal action, including over claims of defamation, which Eastman had alleged.

“Dr. Eastman’s departure closes this challenging chapter for Chapman and provides the most immediate and certain path forward for both the Chapman community and Dr. Eastman,” Struppa said in a statement.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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