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Former Trump lawyer’s contemporary art collection turns the spotlight during January 6 committee hearings

Eric Herschmann, who served as a senior adviser to former US President Donald Trump and represented him in his first impeachment trial in 2020, turned heads during the ongoing hearings conducted this month by the select committee tasked with investigating the January 6 attack on the United States. States Capitol with its testimony and its collection of contemporary art.

Over Herschmann’s left shoulder in recorded testimony is one of American artist Rob Pruitt’s famous glittery panda paintings (a series that nearly ran into legal trouble).). There was a lot of hype on social media that a very similar work by Pruitt featured prominently in the film adaptation of an erotic romance novel. Fifty shades of Greyalthough Herschmann had acquired his painting from Pruitt long before this film was released, according to Politics.

On the other side of the screen is a baseball bat with the word “JUSTICE” on it. This work, Justice (2013) by New York-based Chilean artist Sebastian Errazuriz, was reportedly given to Herschmann by a client as a thank you for a successful trial. Placed just below the bat are a trio of silver wig-like sculptures cast in steel. The sculpture, by Mexico City-based artist Tal Frank, is apparently intended as a reference to Herschmann’s three children, with his placement under the blunt weapon of justice a joke on the lawyer’s parenting style.

Although he previously defended Trump, Herschmann has become increasingly critical and outspoken of efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, according to testimony heard by the Jan. 6 select committee today and during from previous sessions. In an exchange with lawyer and “big liePromoter John Eastman the day after the Capitol was stormed by insurgents, Herschmann testified that Eastman “started asking me about something about Georgia and saving something potentially for appeal, and I I said, “Are you crazy?”

After yesterday’s hearing (June 23), the January 6 select committee hearings will resume in July.