Ex- New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani made a big splash Tuesday in a Pennsylvania federal court. As Giuliani took the lead in Pres. Donald Trump’s push to appeal election results. His appearance started with accusations of “nationwide voter fraud” and ended with restaurant recommendations.
He argued this complaint was only the beginning. “This is not an isolated case,” Giuliani told the court, adding he believes Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, two locales targeted in the suit, are being run by “Democratic machines.” Then things reportedly got weird. From The Washington Examiner:
At one point, [U.S. District Judge Matthew] Brann asked the rusty former federal prosecutor what standard of review he should apply to the case. “I think the normal one,” Giuliani replied.
“Maybe I don’t understand what you mean by strict scrutiny,” he said at another point during the lengthy hearing.Giuliani, who apparently fiddled with his Twitter account during the hearing, also struggled with what the word “opacity” meant, and Brann enlightened him. He snapped, “Big words, your honor.”
A report from ABC News also paints a troubling picture of Pres. Donald Trump and his efforts to contest election results. ABC reports some dissension in the ranks. This coming as Giuliani was recently picked to run Trump’s legal operation. The president refusing calls for him to concede.
Trump has struggled to gain traction in his court challenges. With a number of losses and setbacks around the country, and two major law firms have dropped him in recent days. Both Porter Wright Morris & Arthur plus Jones Day have quit representing Trump. Which followed heavy pressure from numerous outside forces.
Near the close of today’s hearing, Brann gave some “off-the-record” restaurant recommendations to the lawyers, who were atypically located in a 28,000-person city. He noted that the city’s dining picks are “better than usual.”
Well, that didn’t go quite as planned.
The Former New York City Mayor took his case to the court of public opinion this week while appearing on Fox Business network with an update about Pres. Donald Trump and efforts to contest results of this election.
With more than a dozen lawsuits brought on behalf of the president failing to produce results. As time ticks down it seems that Trump’s odds only grow longer. Yet Giuliani talked of the losing streak and what it means to him.
He said of a suit in Pennsylvania. “Frankly, this is a case we would like to see get to the Supreme Court. So, you know, we’re prepared in some of these cases to lose and to appeal and to get it to the Supreme Court.”
Plus he added, “You’re not going to win every one of these, I don’t want to say it’s because of a Democrat judge or whatever. Some of them are just as fair as anybody. But in some cases you win, in some cases you lose.”
Then argued, “The most important thing is this will be our first established vehicle on the way to the Supreme Court.” Well that may be one way to look at things.
Trump’s defense has been plagued by chaos and controversy. Two leading firms have dropped him as a client. Both Porter Wright Morris & Arthur and Jones Day did so under pressure last week. The president took to Twitter late Saturday and posted:
“I look forward to Mayor Giuliani spearheading the legal effort to defend OUR RIGHT to FREE and FAIR ELECTIONS! Rudy Giuliani, Joseph diGenova, Victoria Toensing, Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis, a truly great team, added to our wonderful lawyers and representatives!”
Trump has rejected calls for him to admit defeat. Even as multiple news outlets called the presidential race in Biden’s favor a week ago Saturday. While the chorus calling him to concede gets louder each day.
Behind the scenes, one major player on Trump’s legal team is convinced the reported results will be reversed. Attorney Sidney Powell, also representing Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, made a big announcement early Sunday.
“We’re fixin’ to overturn the results of the election in multiple states, and President Trump won by not just hundreds of thousands of votes but by millions of votes that were shifted by this software that was designed expressly for that purpose.” Most people would agree it’s time to back up all of these claims.