Giuliani tore into Chris Christie after the former governor called the Trump legal team ‘a national embarrassment’ on television, book says

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Former Gov. Chris Christie, foreground, and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, right, attend a news conference at the White House on September 27, 2020.

  • Giuliani was incensed at Christie criticizing the Trump legal team on TV, per a forthcoming book.
  • “We’re friends. What are you doing?” Giuliani reportedly asked the former governor.
  • Christie reportedly went on to question Giuliani about the damage he was causing to his reputation.
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Last November, former Gov. Chris Christie made on appearance on ABC’s “This Week” where he proceeded to blast then-President Donald Trump’s legal efforts to contest the 2020 election.

“The president has had an opportunity to access the courts,” the New Jersey Republican said at the time. “If you’ve got the evidence of fraud, present it. What’s happened here is quite frankly, the conduct of the president’s legal team has been a national embarrassment.”

Even for Christie, who is known for his blunt talk, the comments were notable since he was considered to be an ally of the Trump White House.

Rudy Giuliani, who was Trump’s personal lawyer at the time, saw the interview and felt “as if he had been stabbed in the back,” according to a forthcoming book by Washington Post reporters Carol D. Leonnig and Philip Rucker.

Giuliani proceeded to call Christie, with whom he had maintained a decadeslong friendship.

Leonnig and Rucker detailed the tense phone conversation in “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year,” an early copy of which was obtained by Insider.

According to the book, Giuliani was incensed at Christie, asking him why he would make such comments on television.

“We’re friends. What are you doing?” Giuliani reportedly asked the former governor.

Christie responded: “Rudy, this is ridiculous. You need to stop.”

Giuliani then told Christie that he would be “embarrassed” once the evidence of a tainted election was revealed to the public, according to the book.

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Christie went on to explain his earlier comments and questioned Giuliani on why he would damage his reputation.

“I don’t like to call the legal team ‘a national embarrassment’ on television. But it is,” Christie said. “You’re hanging out with Sidney Powell. Are you kidding me? She’s f—ing nuts. What’s what with you. You were the mayor. You were one of the true national leadership heroes in the last half of the twentieth century. What are you doing?”

Giuliani was less than impressed with Christie’s worldview, per the book.

“F— legacy,” Giuliani reportedly responded. “Legacy is what happens when you’re in the ground. I’m fighting for today.”

The former New York City mayor then reportedly invited Christie to become a part of the Trump legal team.

“Stop complaining and shooting off your mouth on TV,” Giuliani said. “Join the legal team and make a difference.”

Christie responded: “You’re kidding me, right? No, thank you. I’ll pass.”

According to the book, the two Republicans “ended the call on bitter terms.”

Giuliani, speaking through a spokesperson to the authors of the book, denied that the conversation between the two men occurred.

The Trump campaign went on to file over 40 campaign lawsuits, and none of them were remotely successful at changing the outcome of the presidential election, which President Joe Biden won with 306 electoral votes.

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Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani could face criminal investigation in Arizona over their attempts to overturn election

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Rudy Giuliani watches as Donald Trump speaks.

  • Donald Trump and his allies could face a criminal investigation in Arizona.
  • Arizona’s Secretary of State asked the state Attorney General to investigate Trump allies for violating election laws.
  • Arizona GOP Chair and Trump backer Kelli Ward told Maricopa officials “we need you to stop the counting” the votes.
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Donald Trump and key allies could be facing a criminal investigation in Arizona for launching a campaign to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Last week Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs wrote to the state’s Attorney General Mark Brnovich to urge him to launch a criminal investigation into Trump and his allies over the potential violations of state election laws.

Hobbs, a Democrat, made the request after reporting from The Arizona Republic revealed details of the high-pressure campaign launched by Trump and a number of his allies.

Hobbs wrote that Trump and individuals, including his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward, and lawyer Sidney Powell, tried to influence Maricopa officials to stop the counting of ballots.

Hobbs cited comments made by Ward towards the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, including, “We need you to stop the counting” and “I know you don’t want to be remembered as the guy who led the charge to certify a fraudulent election.”

On Friday, Attorney General Brnovich’s office wrote to Hobbs asking for documents related to allegations of violations of election fraud, according to The Arizona Republic.

Brnovich, a Republican running for the Senate, said in the email that Hobbs had not submitted referrals for double voting.

The Arizona Republic said that the latest correspondence from Brnovich is the first public sign that he is examining records after the pressure campaign was revealed.

A spokeswoman for Hobbs told The Arizona Republic that the secretary of state was sending the required records to the Attorney General’s Office on Friday.

Donald Trump has long alleged that the results of the 2020 election were fraudulent, particularly in Arizona.

His claims have been widely debunked. An Associated Press investigation revealed that Arizona county election officials found only 182 possible voter fraud cases out of the three million ballots cast in the state in 2020.

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Giuliani pushed Trump’s team to tell him he won several states on election night, even though it was too early to call, new book says

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Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Briefing Room of the White House on September 27, 2020 in Washington, DC.

  • Rudy Giuliani advised outright lying to Trump on election night 2020, according to a new book.
  • An excerpt from “I Alone Can Fix It” about Trump’s last year in office was published Tuesday.
  • Giuliani wanted to tell Trump he had won several states before it was possible to tell, it said.
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Rudy Giuliani urged those around President Donald Trump on election night 2020 to tell the president he had won states he had not, according to a new book.

The claim came in an excerpt of “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year” by Carol D. Leonnig and Philip Rucker of The Washington Post.

The excerpt was published Tuesday by The Post. It follows numerous Trumpworld figures on the night of the 2020 election, including Giuliani.

It says the former New York mayor urged Trump aides to tell him he’d won states long before they were possible to call. He gave the advice for Pennsylvania and Michigan, it says, which ultimately were called for Joe Biden.

Lennig and Rucker wrote that Giuliani had his own “war room” set up in the White House’s Red Room, separate to the two others Trump had arranged.

As results came in, he began to “cause a commotion,” trying to get into the private quarters where Trump was, they said.

It recounts campaign manager Bill Stepien, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and senior campaign manager Jason Miller taking Giuliani aside as others speculated that he had been drinking too much.

Giuliani, the book says, went through the projections state by state, asking the three what was happening. “What’s happening in Michigan?” he is reported to have asked.

When Stepien, Meadows and Miller told him each time that it was too early to say, Giuliani is quoted as saying: “Just say we won.”

He gave the same advice for Pennsylvania, the book said, and kept going “state after state,” though the excerpt did not specify which.

Early results gave Trump a lead in Pennsylvania, which evaporated over time as later returns favored Biden. Many networks, including Insider, called the entire election for Biden once they were confident that Trump had no way of regaining his lead in that Pennsylvania.

Giuliani’s predictions of victory were “based on nothing,” the book said.

According to the excerpt, Meadows said: “We can’t do that.”

In the end, Trump did not need convincing of the falsehood anyway. He had long trailed the false idea that his victory was inevitable unless election fraud was involved – a notion that he had spent months sowing.

He brought it up again on election night, after Fox News called Arizona for Biden. An apoplectic Trump announced that the election was being stolen from him, famously saying: “Frankly, we did win this election.”

Giuliani did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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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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The Trump team was anxious about a ‘delay’ with the Wisconsin election results, but they had the time zones wrong: book

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President Donald Trump speaks on election night the White House in the early morning hours of November 04, 2020.

  • Trump waited earnestly for updated results from Wisconsin on election night, per a forthcoming book.
  • White House attendees thought there was a “delay” in the election results from the Midwestern state.
  • The campaign didn’t account for the time zone difference, with Wisconsin being an hour behind eastern time.
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In the early hours of November 4, after one of the most tumultuous presidential elections in US history, then-President Donald Trump rattled off the states that were called in his favor, which included the key electoral prizes of Florida, Ohio, and Texas.

He was optimistic about his chances in swing states like Arizona, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin, highlighting election day vote leads that he felt would endure.

However, in a nationally-televised White House speech that he envisioned as a rousing victory message, Trump alleged voter fraud and vowed to go to the Supreme Court to “stop” the counting of additional ballots.

After the speech was over, the president walked into the Map Room, with family members and a tight circle of advisors that soon followed, according to a forthcoming book by Michael Wolff.

It was almost 3:30 a.m., and the campaign began to look hard at Wisconsin, a swing state that Trump narrowly won in 2016 and hoped to put back in his column in 2020.

Trump and then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had been competitive in the Badger State all night, but the president hoped to put the race away with updated numbers from a 3:30 a.m. data release.

The campaign team wanted the new Wisconsin numbers to provide them with some momentum, but the unfolding situation only left them frustrated, which Wolff describes in “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency.”

At 3:30 a.m. eastern time, Wisconsin did not report any updated figures.

“Everybody waited, without much to say, anxiety ramping up, the president muttering: Why the delay? What was happening? Had they stopped counting? What was going on?” Wolff wrote.

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Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer at the time, insisted that the “delay” confirmed his suspicions of electoral wrongdoing.

“They now knew how many Biden votes they needed to offset Trump votes, and they were producing them! That’s what the delay was about,” Wolff wrote in describing Giuliani’s line of thinking.

Trump stuck around for twenty minutes, but eventually became “agitated” and “angry” by the situation before heading to the White House Residence.

Election lawyer Matt Morgan, who was in the Map Room for much of the night, left the White House at 4 a.m.

As Morgan drove home, he realized that Wisconsin is in the central time zone, meaning it was an hour behind the East Coast.

The so-called “delay” was actually a failure to account for the time zone difference, and the updated data was released that morning.

Biden went on to defeat Trump in Wisconsin by roughly 20,000 votes out of nearly 3.3 million ballots cast.

Milwaukee County, the state’s most populous jurisdiction and a longtime Democratic stronghold, gave Biden a hefty 183,000-vote margin over Trump, ensuring his victory in the Midwestern presidential battleground.

The Trump campaign, which questioned the results, last year spent $3 million on recounts in Milwaukee County and Dane County, another Democratic stronghold, only to see Biden pick up 132 votes in Milwaukee.

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‘I didn’t come here to kiss your f—ing ring’: Sidney Powell ripped into Rudy Giuliani after clash over election theories, book says

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Sidney Powell participates in a news conference with Rudy Giuliani, the personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington on November 19, 2020.

  • Sidney Powell clashed early on with Giuliani as part of Trump’s campaign legal team, per a new book.
  • “I didn’t come here to kiss your f—ing ring,” she reportedly told the former New York City mayor.
  • Powell later saw herself cast aside and then brought back into the Trump orbit.
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As Sidney Powell, a former assistant US attorney, became one of the faces of then-President Donald Trump’s campaign legal team, tension unfolded with Rudy Giuliani last November, according to a forthcoming book by Michael Wolff.

During an outburst, Giuliani, who served as Trump’s personal lawyer and has backed up many of the former president’s debunked election claims, reportedly described Powell as “crazy.”

After Giuliani questioned some of Powell’s most bizarre election theories, she snapped back at the former New York City mayor.

“I didn’t come here to kiss your f—ing ring,” she reportedly said.

Wolff detailed the showdown in “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency,” an early copy of which was obtained by Insider.

The book goes on to describe how Powell and Giuliani went into separate rooms as Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis sought out the former president to resolve the situation.

“The two of them [Powell and Giuliani] ended up in separate rooms sulking, with Ellis calling the president to moderate,” the book said. “The president made clear that he wanted Powell on the team. He was embracing everybody (or anybody) who agreed that the election had been stolen from him.”

As Powell became more entrenched within the Trump orbit, her conspiracy theories were amplified on a much larger scale.

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“In the days immediately following the election, she was the author on Fox of operatic new conspiracies, going much further out than anything the president had yet reached: computer systems had been programmed to switch Trump votes to Biden votes, with the CIA in on it. Now she had been telling Giuliani and the team that the conspiracy ran even deeper: Trump’s landslide victory was upended by an international plot,” the book said.

In media appearances, Powell falsely claimed that Dominion Voting Systems had tilted the US presidential election in favor of now-President Joe Biden. She alleged – without evidence – that Dominion secretly aided a rival election-technology company, Smartmatic, and had links to the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Over time, the damage from her unsubstantiated accusations had taken a serious toll.

In late November, Giuliani and Ellis announced that Powell was “practicing law on her own” after being purged from the campaign team.

However, just weeks later, The New York Times reported that Trump was considering naming Powell as a special counsel investigating voter fraud.

According to The Times, most of Trump’s advisors didn’t support the plan, including Giuliani.

Powell currently faces a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit from Dominion over her debunked election claims; Giuliani and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell are also being sued by the election technology supplier.

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Giuliani assembled the Trump campaign legal team in a room that overflowed with trash and had a ‘rotting smell,’ a new book says

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US President Donald Trump speaks as he visits his campaign headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, on November 3, 2020.

  • Giuliani built Trump’s campaign legal team in a room with refuse “that overflowed onto the floor,” a new book says.
  • Between Election Day and the day when Giuliani arrived, the space had reportedly not been cleaned.
  • The Trump campaign endured continuous legal setbacks while seeking to challenge the 2020 election.
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Shortly after the November general election, Rudy Giuliani turned his focus to assembling a national legal team for then-President Donald Trump’s campaign.

Giuliani, who was Trump’s personal lawyer at the time, needed to bring together a national team in a day, with lawsuits set to go out shortly after November 14, according to a forthcoming book by Michael Wolff.

But the former New York City mayor was operating out of a conference room in the campaign’s Rosslyn, Virginia, headquarters, that was “filled” with trash.

Wolff detailed the less-than-ideal situation in “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency,” an early copy of which was obtained by Insider.

“The room had not been cleaned since Election Day, eleven days before,” the book said. “Refuse filled the trash cans and overflowed onto the floor. There was heavy sour or rotting smell – in the trash was a week-old Buffalo chicken sandwich – mixed with Giuliani’s reliable farting.”

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While the views from the room were stunning – visitors to the room could see the Potomac River, the Capitol, and the Lincoln Memorial – Giuliani had his back to the window as he was busy strategizing election contacts in key swing states from Arizona and Pennsylvania to Georgia and Michigan, the book said.

For the next few weeks, Giuliani would travel across the country, seeking to overturn the election results and stop the Electoral College certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.

The Trump campaign went on to file over 40 campaign lawsuits, and none of them were remotely successful at changing the outcome of the presidential election.

Appeals to the US Supreme Court, which Trump thought would favor his cause to due to its 6-3 conservative bend, instead resulted in three major losses.

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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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Rudy Giuliani insisted that Trump declare victory in Michigan before the state was called, a new book says

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President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani speaks during a Pennsylvania Senate Majority Policy Committee public hearing at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel to discuss 2020 election issues and irregularities on November 25, 2020 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

  • Giuliani wanted Trump to preemptively declare victory in Michigan, a new book says.
  • “If we don’t say we won, they will steal it from us,” Giuliani contended.
  • Giuliani’s preemptive claims of a stolen election concerned Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien.
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Michigan was a key state in former President Donald Trump’s electoral calculus for winning a second term in office.

In 2016, Trump narrowly won the Wolverine State by chipping away at the blue-collar base that had long powered wins by Democratic presidential nominees.

Last November, the former president’s campaign team knew that the state’s 16 electoral votes would be pivotal in a race against now-President Joe Biden.

However, before the race was called in Michigan for Biden, then-Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani wanted the former president to preemptively declare victory in the key swing state, according to a forthcoming book by Michael Wolff.

As the election results were coming in, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien was reportedly concerned that Giuliani was “getting through” to the former president about embracing the message of a stolen election.

Wolff detailed the incident in “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency,” an early copy of which was obtained by Insider.

According to the book, Stepien complained to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, senior advisor Stephen Miller, and deputy campaign manager Justin Clark about Giuliani’s conduct regarding Trump and the election.

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“He’s just telling him things that are not true,” Stepien reportedly said to the group.

The group of men soon pulled Giuliani aside in the White House China Room, and according to the book, Giuliani “had too much to drink” and was “fumbling through devices.”

“We’ve won! We need to declare victory!” Giuliani told the group.

When Stepien gently chided Giuliani about what he knew that was unknown to the rest of the group, the former New York City mayor raised the prospect of a corrupt election.

“If we don’t say we won, they will steal it from us,” Giuliani added. “Look, we’ve won Michigan!”

Stepien pointedly told Giuliani that Trump had not won the state, as it had not been called yet.

“We have to say won it! Otherwise they will steal it!” Giuliani responded.

Meadows, who has “a small tolerance for drunks,” according to the book, shut down Giuliani’s request.

“No, we are not going to do that because we will look foolish,” he said. “Things are moving too fast. We can’t put the president in the position of looking like he doesn’t know what he’s doing.”

Biden went on to carry Michigan by a 51%-48% margin, buoyed by strong performances in Detroit and its populous suburbs, along with decisive wins in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids.

Trump would go on to publicly call into question Biden’s win in Michigan, blasting the Democratic stronghold of Detroit as “corrupt” despite no evidence of mass voter fraud.

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Rudy Giuliani’s election fraud hotline was inundated with ‘thousands of dick pics’ and animal porn, new book says

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Rudolph Giuliani, attorney for President Donald Trump, conducts a news conference at the Republican National Committee on lawsuits regarding the outcome of the 2020 presidential election on Thursday, November 19, 2020.

  • Giuliani’s election fraud hotline was inundated with dick pics and animal porn, a new book said.
  • The photos, videos, and other “virulent screeds” forced people manning the hotline to beg for other duties.
  • The Trump campaign had to change the hotline’s number multiple times because of prank calls.
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A hotline that former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani set up to document instances of purported election fraud in the 2020 race drew in “thousands of dick pics” and animal pornography, according to “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency,” by Michael Wolff.

Giuliani created the hotline shortly after Election Day with Bernie Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner and a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump. Kerik pleaded guilty to eight felony counts of false statements and tax fraud in 2009 but was pardoned by an outgoing Trump in February.

The hotline was meant to receive “reports of what someone had seen, or might have seen, or knew that someone else had seen,” including allegations of “dead voters, double names, machine malfunctions, and far deeper conspiracies,” said the book, an early copy of which was obtained by Insider.

It went on: “Lots more came tumbling in: thousands of dick pics, animal porn, and virulent screeds, with nearly everybody who was manning the phones begging for other duties.”

Indeed, TIME reported last year that prank callers started flooding the hotline shortly after it was created and encouraged others to follow suit.

The election fraud hotline was so overrun, in fact, that the Trump campaign had to set up multiple new numbers.

“To those who have spammed our other numbers: it’s shameful that you don’t think it’s important to have integrity in our elections,” Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara tweeted on November 7. “It’s fundamental to our republic. Keep spamming. We will keep changing the number.”

Giuliani’s election fraud hotline was one of several ways he sought, fruitlessly, to nullify Joe Biden’s victory and throw the White House back to Trump.

One Oval Office gathering between Trump, then Vice President Mike Pence, several advisors, and Giuliani “turned into both a recapitulation of Giuliani’s growing case for nationwide election fraud and an excited discussion of his plan to import delegations from the legislatures in contested states to Washington, where the evidence could be presented to them (and where they could all get a visit with the president),” the book said.

In fact, Giuliani’s lies about the 2020 election grew so unfathomable and far-fetched that an appellate division of the New York Supreme Court ruled to suspend his law license late last month. A Washington, DC, appeals court followed suit on Wednesday pending further review in the New York case.

The anecdote about Giuliani’s hotline and the Oval Office meeting in “Landslide” was one of several unflattering portraits of the former New York mayor in Wolff’s book.

Among other things, he also reported that Trump’s aides had “deep resentment” toward Giuliani and believed he was “always buzzed” and on the verge of senility. Wolff also wrote that Trump himself, whom Giuliani remains deeply loyal to, acknowledged to a caller shortly after the election that Giuliani drank too much and often said things that were untrue.

Giuliani’s longtime assistant did not respond to Insider’s request for comment and texts to several numbers associated with the former mayor went unanswered.

Wolff’s previous reporting about the Trump White House drew scrutiny after journalists and fact-checkers found that some of the details in his first book about the administration didn’t add up. He defended his first book, however, and said he stood by his reporting. He also said that “Landslide” featured only episodes that Trump’s staff had confirmed or that were backed up by multiple sources.

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