Former Servite QB, Trump aide John McEntee mentioned but not indicted

Ex-Chapman Law dean John Eastman was not the only person with Orange County ties mentioned in the indictment issued against former President Donald Trump, Eastman and 17 others on Monday, Aug. 14.

Former Servite High quarterback and Trump aide John McEntee – who was not among the 19 indicted – appeared in one of the 161 acts listed to support a racketeering charge.

The description of Act 19 reads:

“On or between the 1st day of December 2020 and the 31st day of December 2020, DONALD JOHN TRUMP and MARK RANDALL MEADOWS met with John McEntee and requested that McEntee prepare memorandum outlining strategy for disrupting and delaying the joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021, the day prescribed by law for counting votes cast by the duly elected and qualified presidential electors from Georgia and the other states. The strategy included having Vice President Michael R. ‘Mike’ Pence count only half of the electoral votes from certain states and then return the remaining electoral votes to state legislatures. The request was an overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy.”

McEntee, who grew up in Orange County, played quarterback at Servite and, eventually, the University of Connecticut. He gained some notoriety there when a video of trick shots he made – “Johnny Mac Trick Shot Quarterback” – went viral and had more than 7 million views.


McEntee was an early hire in Trump’s presidential campaign and established himself as a favorite of Trump’s. He worked in the White House until he was fired in 2018 after he was investigated for financial dealings. Trump quickly hired McEntee for his re-election team, and he returned to the White House as the director of the Presidential Personnel Office.

The Atlantic profiled McEntee in November 2021, and one official told the publication McEntee “became the deputy president” because of his influence and loyalty to Trump.

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