The origins of former President Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” about electoral fraud, which she described as the “present animating force” in the Republican Party, were probed by MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Tuesday.
“I mentioned a few days ago that a Colorado lawsuit was about to become a font of information about where all this stuff came from, about how these lies and conspiracy theories about the election got invented, how they came up with this stuff, how they started propagating it,” she said. “I may be wrong, and I’ll correct myself if I am, but so far this has not been previously reported on TV.”
Maddow went on to note a deposition of Rudy Giuliani, where he was “under oath explaining the due diligence he did as a lawyer, as an officer of the court when he decided he needed to go public with these claims that the election was stolen.”
Maddow would then explain that Giuliani was asked, “As I’m hearing your testimony, in terms of eyes-on information about your claims about Dominion Voting Systems, we’ve got some media reports that you generally described, and then you looked at some Facebook postings that you described?”
“I don’t remember if it was Facebook,” Giuliani replied. “Those social media posts get all one to me — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.”
“Anything else you laid eyes on?” Giuliani was asked.
“Right now, I can’t recall anything else that I laid eyes on,” he replied.
Giuliani stated that he had no proof to back up his claim that a witness was credible at another time in the deposition. He went on to say that he wasn’t doing a trial by a press conference, but rather a press conference investigation.
Former US Associate Attorney General Rudy Giuliani stated that if he confirmed unsubstantiated statements before repeating them, he would be a “terrible lawyer.”
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“Again, this deposition from Rudy Giuliani, filed in a defamation case, but that story he admits was just concocted is what ultimately led to the attack on the U.S. Capitol building on January 6,” Maddow noted. “It’s all made up.”
Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, refuted accusations that Trump White House employees and staffers depicted him as an alcoholic.
Giuliani stated he has “never” had a drinking issue in an interview with NBC New York that was released Friday.
“I don’t think I’ve ever done an interview drunk,” Giuliani said. “I mean, I drink normally. I like scotch, I drink scotch.”
His remarks came after books published over the summer highlighted how former Trump staffers and confidants thought Giuliani was a loose cannon who was frequently intoxicated.
His comments come after former Trump staffers and confidants said in books published this summer that Giuliani was a loose cannon who was frequently inebriated.
According to author Michael Wolff’s book, “Landslide,” Trump told a caller a few days after the 2020 election that he believed Giuliani drank too much and frequently stated things that were wrong.
According to Wolff, Trump’s advisers thought Giuliani was usually constantly buzzing or “in the mumble tank,” and that he was on the verge of senility.
Wolff writes that Trump told a caller a few days after the 2020 election that he believed Giuliani drank too much and frequently stated things that were wrong.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, and fixer told CNN in April that “Rudy drinks too much, Rudy behaves in such an erratic manner that who knows what’s on those telephones or what’s on those computers.”