The GOP’s top lawyer said Rudy Giuliani’s 2020 election lawsuits were ‘a joke’ and ‘are getting laughed out of court’

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Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, left, listens to Sidney Powell, both lawyers for President Donald Trump, during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington.

  • An email The Washington Post obtained shows division within the GOP over the 2020 election.
  • The Republican National Committee’s top lawyer criticized lawsuits disputing the election results.
  • Rudy Giuliani retaliated by trying to have the lawyer fired, The Post reported.
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While former President Donald Trump and his allies were falsely claiming voter fraud cost him the election, a top Republican lawyer complained those claims were “getting laughed out of court.”

In a November 2020 email obtained by The Washington Post, Justin Riemer, chief counsel at the Republican National Committee, urged a party spokesperson not to amplify the charges being made by Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, who filed dozens of lawsuits seeking to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory.

“What Rudy and Jenna are doing is a joke and they are getting laughed out of court,” Riemer wrote in the email to the RNC’s Liz Harrington. “They are misleading millions of people who have wishful thinking that the president is going to somehow win this thing.”

The Post reported Giuliani and other Trump allies tried to have Riemer fired.

In a statement provided to the newspaper, Riemer portrayed his criticism as legalistic. Prior to his role as chief counsel, Riemer worked as a lawyer for the Department of Education under Trump.

“I will say publicly now what I then said privately: I take issue with individuals who brought lawsuits that did not serve President Trump well and did not give him the best chance in court,” he said.

The revelation comes as lawyers who sought to overturn the 2020 election are facing potential legal repercussions.

At a hearing on Monday, a federal judge, Linda Parker, said she was concerned that Sidney Powell and L. Lin Wood – pro-Trump conspiracy theorists – had pushed false and “bad faith” claims in court that they had not bothered to research. The lawyers, who sought to nullify President Biden’s win in Michigan, face unspecified legal sanctions.

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‘Who the f— do you think you are?’ Giuliani told RNC chief counsel to resign for questioning Trump election claims, book says

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Members of then-President Donald Trump’s legal team (left to right), former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis, attend a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC, on November 19, 2020.

  • Rudy Giuliani last November told the RNC chief counsel to resign, according to a new book.
  • At a dinner, Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis passed around a note from counsel Justin Riemer.
  • Giuliani was upset at what he perceived to be Riemer’s questioning of Trump’s electoral fraud claims.
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Last November, Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis received an email that forwarded a note from Republican National Committee (RNC) chief counsel Justin Riemer, with the GOP official questioning the former president’s election claims, according to a forthcoming book by Michael Wolff.

In the note, Riemer reportedly wrote to his RNC colleagues asking why they were backing Trump’s unfounded claims of election fraud, while also expressing that the organization raised more cash battling Democrats than challenging election results.

Ellis, who was having dinner with Rudy Giuliani and former New York City police commissioner Bernie Kerik, passed her phone around for everyone to view the message, which reportedly left them “stunned.”

According to the assembled group, it was just one more example of Trump having to fight the GOP establishment, which Wolff details in “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency,” an early copy of which was obtained by Insider.

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Giuliani, who was Trump’s personal lawyer at the time, was incensed by Riemer’s email, according to the book.

“Can you f–king believe this,” he said. “They are backdooring us … doing everything in their power not to help us.”

Kerik reportedly said that the note was akin to saying “f— Trump” and “f— Giuliani.”

Wolff goes on to describe how Giuliani angrily called Riemer and threatened his job at the RNC.

“The mayor, sitting in the restaurant but in full battle mode (and with a few drinks in him), damn well got Riemer himself on the phone: ‘Who the f— do you you think you are? How can you be going against the president? … You need to resign and resign tonight … because you are going to get fired,'” the book said.

Giuliani then reportedly called RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel to ensure that the personnel change was carried out.

However, Riemer continues to serve as the chief counsel at the RNC.

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Trump’s allies are rounding on Lin Wood after he tweeted about executing Mike Pence and arresting Mitch McConnell

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Attorney Lin Wood at a rally in Alpharetta, Georgia, on December 2, 2020.

  • On Friday, the pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood tweeted that Vice President Mike Pence should be arrested for treason and executed by firing squad.
  • He also blamed Chief Justice John Roberts and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the election results.
  • The remarks prompted Jenna Ellis, a lawyer for President Donald Trump’s campaign, and the conservative student Nicholas Sandmann to issue tweets distancing themselves from his remarks.
  • Wood doubled down on the comments over the weekend, saying that Pence should “resign,” and that he is “fine” and loves Trump and America.
  • In recent weeks, Wood has filed or joined lawsuits to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory. Wood has also cited conspiracy theories in the past.
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Allies of President Donald Trump are rounding on the pro-Trump lawyer L. Lin Wood after he tweeted about executing Vice President Mike Pence and arresting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

On Friday night, Wood posted a series of unhinged tweets blaming “THE REPUBLICANS” for stealing the 2020 election from Trump, adding: “When arrests for treason begin, put Chief Justice John Roberts, VP Mike Pence, & Mitch McConnell at top of list.”

In separate tweets, Wood said that the military should arrest those Republican figures and that Pence should “face execution by firing squad,” adding: “He is a coward & will sing like a bird & confess ALL.”

Neither Pence, Roberts, McConnell, nor Trump have commented on Wood’s tweets, but two prominent allies of the president have attacked Wood for his remarks.

Jenna Ellis, a lawyer for the Trump campaign, tweeted on Friday night: “To be clear: I do not support the statements from Attorney Lin Wood. I support the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution.”

Nicholas Sandmann, the pro-Trump high school student who sued multiple media outlets, also tweeted Friday: “I’m sorry but what the hell.”

Wood had represented Sandmann in his defamation lawsuit against The Washington Post and other outlets in February 2019 over their coverage of a video that showed him face-to-face with a Native American activist earlier that year.

When challenged on his comments against Wood, Sandmann tweeted on Saturday: “True loyalty involves criticism when necessary.”

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Wood in Los Angeles, California, in December 2019.

On Friday night, Wood appeared to respond to the comments against him, saying: “The tweets about my insanity are at an all time high this morning … No worries. I am fine. The attacks do not concern me.”

He doubled down on his remarks against Pence over the weekend, saying that Pence “should reject the fraud & then resign,” apparently referring to the baseless claims that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump due to widespread voter fraud.

Early Sunday morning, Wood also posted a photo of him with four dogs, saying “I love” America, Trump, the recently-pardoned Michael Flynn, and the conspiracy-theorist lawyer Sidney Powell.

Since Election Day, Wood has made several attempts to undermine President-elect Joe Biden’s victory and has filed or joined lawsuits to overturn the election results in Georgia and Michigan.

In recent weeks, he has also cited conspiracy theories, including a QAnon-linked theory about Dominion Voting Systems last month and a claim that the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was still alive earlier this week. Epstein died by suicide while awaiting trial in August 2019.

Meanwhile, Pence has been criticized by Republicans and reportedly Trump himself for not sufficiently supporting the president’s absurd claims of election fraud.

Since Election Day, Pence has made few public appearances; he has often been absent during Trump’s most damaging moments.

However, on Saturday, the vice president said he “welcomes” the efforts of GOP lawmakers to oppose the certification of the Electoral College votes that cemented Biden’s win. The objections could delay the results’ certification but would not change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

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Trump discussed Sidney Powell as voter fraud special counsel in White House meeting, report says

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Sidney Powell.

  • President Donald Trump on Friday discussed naming attorney Sidney Powell as a special counsel investigating voter fraud, according to a report from The New York Times.
  • According to The Times, most of his advisors didn’t support the plan, including Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney.
  • Trump elevating Powell to such a role would be a stunning turnaround from just last month, when Giuliani and campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis said that she was “practicing law on her own” after being purged from the campaign team.
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President Donald Trump on Friday discussed naming attorney Sidney Powell as a special counsel investigating voter fraud, according to a report from The New York Times.

The Times report cited two people familiar with the talks, and it was not evident whether Trump would follow through with the plan.

According to The Times, most of his advisors didn’t support the plan, including Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney and the face of his campaign’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

While Giuliani joined the meeting by phone, Powell was at the White House, with the discussions being “raucous at times,” according to the report. Other administration officials popped in and out of meeting, with resistance to the proposed ideas coming from White House counsel Pat Cipollone.

Powell reportedly lashed out at other Trump advisors, calling them “quitters.”

The president “has been in contact with Ms. Powell in recent days, despite the fact that the campaign last month sought to distance itself from her as she aired wild and baseless claims about Dominion Voting Systems machines, which were used in some states, somehow being connected to a Venezuelan plot to control the election,” the Times reported.

Trump considering Powell for such a role would be a stunning turnaround from just last month when Giuliani and campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis said she was “practicing law on her own” after being purged from the campaign team.

Dominion officials, incensed by the allegations, have threatened to sue her for defamation if she fails to retract her allegations about the company. The company, which has long had contracts from a range of states controlled by Democrats and Republicans, said that Powell’s allegations against the company have damaged its business.

“Your reckless disinformation campaign is predicated on lies that have endangered Dominion’s business and the lives of its employees,” the company said in a letter obtained by Insider. “Dominion has never provided machines or any of its software or technology to Venezuela, nor has it ever participated in any elections to Venezuela. It did not receive $400 million from the Chinese in the weeks before the 2020 election. It has no ties to the Chinese government, the Venezuelan government, George Soros, Bigfoot, or the Loch Ness Monster.”

During the White House meeting, there was also “a discussion about an executive order to take control of voting machines to examine them,” according to the Times report. 

Giuliani reportedly inquired about the Department of Homeland Security seizing control of voting machines but was told that the department could not take such an action.

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