President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani threw out a blizzard of accusations of what he calls systemic voter ‘fraud’ in the elections – claiming the campaign could launch as many as ten lawsuits, and that he has 50 people who will testify in Pennsylvania although saying ‘I can’t show all of the witnesses’ right now.
The unsubstantiated allegations of a massive multi-state fraud including dead people voting, back-dated votes, and observers barred from their stations comes as another top Trump advisor, Chris Christie, is warning that Republicans won’t follow Trump ‘blindly’ if he doesn’t muster actual evidence.
‘Right now, we have one’ lawsuit, Giuliani told Fox Business Channel host Maria Bartiromo, who has echoed Trump’s charges that Democrats ‘spied’ on his campaign in 2016.
Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Trump may have four or five lawsuits by the end of the week and once again asserted voter fraud in a number states as Trump fights for his political survival
‘We have two that are being drafted. And the potential is ten. We haven’t investigated all of those states,’ Giuliani said.
‘You want an estimate? By the end of the week we’ll have four or five,’ he said of his legal plans.
Speaking of his claims observers were kept away from the count in Pennsyvlania, he said: ‘This is documented on videotape. There are upwards of 50 witnesses. And this will be the subject of a lawsuit that we file tomorrow for violating civil rights, for conducting an unfair election, for violating the law of the state, for treating Pittsburgh and Philadelphia different than the rest of the state, which is an equal protection violation, which goes under Bush vs. Gore.’
At another point, Giuliani said ‘we have about 60 or 70 witnesses.’ But as he did at a press conference Saturday outside a Pennsylvania landscaping company, Giuliani said some of the witnesses fear reprisal and won’t come forward now. He also said there were ‘pretty big numbers in Wisconsin,’ where Biden also won, as well as ‘four or five witnesses already in Georgia,’ where Biden is leading.
Complicating the Trump ally’s efforts, if that many states had fraudulent elections, it would mean dozens of Republican House and Senate members who got reelected would have prevailed in illegitimate elections.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is warning that Republicans won’t follow Trump ‘blindly’ if he doesn’t muster actual evidence of fraud
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After letting Giuliani expound for minutes about his claims, Bartiromo asked him why Attorney General Bill Barr wasn’t getting involved.
‘Where is Bill Barr on this?’ she asked.
If this was systemic and you’ve got all of this evidence, Where is the DOJ?’ she asked.
‘The answer to that is I don’t’ know and I can’t worry about it,’ he said.
‘The mail ballots were set from the begging to be fraught with fraud, he said. ‘Put that up together we’re up to about 8-900,000 votes that were completely unvalid,’ Giuliania said, enough to make up the difference in Pennsylvania, where networks called the race for Democrat Joe Biden, who now leads by about 40,000 votes.
Christie is warning President Trump that fellow Republicans will not back him ‘blindly’ in his election fight if he doesn’t come forward with actual evidence of voter fraud – adding to the mounting pressure on the president to back up his claims.
‘If your basis for not conceding is that there was voter fraud, then show us. Show us. Because if you can’t show us, we can’t do this. We can’t back you blindly without evidence,’ Christie told ABC News, where he is a contributor.
It was just the latest blunt advice from Christie, who like Trump contracted the coronavirus after attending a White House party for Amy Coney Barrett that turned out to be a superspreader event. After spending days in intensive care, Christie said he was ‘wrong’ not to wear a mask.
The advice from outside the tent comes as Trump’s close allies remain on a war footing, while many elected Republicans holding office are seeking to split the difference by stating Trump’s right to contest the election without actually saying his claims are valid.
Undercutting the president’s position is that he made similar accusations of fraud and election theft before the votes were cast.
Another Republican, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, said he hasn’t seen evidence there were enough problems to overturn Biden’s win.
‘There are legal processes if you think there are mistakes, but I don’t think we’re gonna see anything that’s gonna overturn this election,’ he said. ‘Whether you like it or not, it’s time to get behind the winner of the race,’ he told CNN’s State of the Union.
Said GOP Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, told ABC: “There are always some changes. Seems unlikely that any changes could be big enough to make a difference.’