Rudy Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor, appeared in a Pennsylvania courtroom on Tuesday to make scandalous and unproven electoral fraud allegations, citing Mickey Mouse and JFK in a savage conspiratorial frenzy that another attorney exposed as “shameful”.
The mayor of New York, who is President Trump’s personal attorney, resumed the federal lawsuit of Pennsylvania lawyers and obtained permission to represent the campaign at a hearing in Williamsport – where his first act was to ask to Judge Matthew Brann if he could. remove his mask.
From there, he announced he would reject the campaign’s previous legal strategy for its efforts to block President-elect Joe Biden’s certification of victory in the state, as stated in an amended complaint that the campaign has filed Sunday.
Instead of focusing on whether Commonwealth Secretary Kathy Boockvar usurped the authority of the state legislature with her advice to county election officials – an argument Giuliani said he planned to ” keep for appeal ”- he instead claimed that the decision of some counties not to comply with his advice had created a violation of federal equal protection law, as defined in the infamous Bush vs. Gore Case.
“That’s a big word, Your Honor.“
– Rudy Giuliani
But he diverged even further by launching a tirade against postal voting and the big cities of every swing state that Trump lost. Echoing his client, Giuliani alleged that authorities in each of those jurisdictions were part of a broad, concerted effort to deliver the election to Biden.
“This is electoral fraud rampant across the country, of which this is a part,” he said. “It’s not an accident. You’d have to be crazy to think it was an accident. You’d have to be crazy to think someone woke up in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Detroit, and Phoenix, and all the way to Las Vegas, and back to Atlanta, and said, ‘I’m going to shut out all Republicans today.’ “
In the absence of evidence of specific wrongdoing in Pennsylvania, Giuliani cited everything from a county commissioner run in Las Vegas to questionable historical claims that Chicago Mayor Richard Daley manipulated returns in 1960 to help elect John F. Kennedy. During oral argument, Giuliani offered varying estimates of 680,000 to 770,000 to 1.2 million ballots in Keystone state that he said were illegal.
“As far as we’re concerned, your honor, those ballots could have been from Mickey Mouse,” Giuliani said.
At times Giuliani even seemed unfamiliar with the campaign’s legal filings: Amidst reading the word “opacity” of Camp Trump’s complaints, he admitted he didn’t know what it meant.
“That’s a big word, Your Honor,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani confessed to Brann under questioning that the campaign’s complaint presented no specific evidence of fraud. But he claimed the complaint attacks on COVID-19 restrictions in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, which kept campaign observers at bay from the vote tally, were in fact allegations of a “planned fraudulent process” , and he further asserted that postal votes are “inherently fraudulent.”
Previously, he had voluntarily indicated that he himself had often voted as absent in the past.
“This stuff is shameful, in an American courtroom, anywhere.“
– Mark Aronchick, Philadelphia lawyer
In the middle of the federal hearing, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled against the campaign and determined that distancing protocols related to the Philadelphia pandemic during the count did not violate state law.
An attorney for the Democratic National Committee noted that the Trump campaign had acknowledged in other places in Pennsylvania that they had not claimed that election fraud had occurred. The president’s lawsuits in other states have also failed to provide hard evidence of widespread tampering or tampering with ballots.
Mark Aronchick, a lawyer for Philadelphia and several neighboring counties cited in the complaint, went further. Over a distorted video connection, the lawyer denounced Giuliani’s “fantasy world” on charges not even substantiated in his own team’s complaint.
“This stuff is shameful, in an American courtroom, anywhere,” Aronchick said. “Can you imagine anyone understanding a court order overturning 680,000 votes – or, I think now, according to Mr Giuliani – 1.2 million votes, based on nothing in this amended complaint.”
The judge concluded by giving the two teams time to file additional documents, including another amended complaint, before rendering a decision on dismissing the case. He expressed skepticism, however, about the demand to cease certification of the entire state election.
“You are asking this tribunal to invalidate over 6.8 million votes, thus depriving all voters in the Commonwealth of Nations,” he said.
Although Giuliani has officially replaced attorney Linda Kerns, who has also represented Trump’s campaign in county and state courts, she has remained by his side and completed her argument. The president’s other new lawyer, Marc Scaringi – who admitted on Facebook and radio that Biden won the election – barely spoke. Attorneys for the previous campaign, affiliated with Porter Wright, dropped out of the campaign as a client last week. Giuliani claimed that the prestigious outfit “prompted” lawyers to do so.
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