By Jack Phillips
President Donald Trump’s legal team again lobbied the GOP-controlled Georgia House of Representatives to take further action in light of allegations of election fraud on Thursday.
Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who appeared via live stream days after he was diagnosed with the CCP virus, implored the lawmakers to take responsibility.
“Don’t you feel any responsibility to the enforcement of the law?” Giuliani asked in Thursday’s virtual hearing. In what appeared to be a shot at Republicans in the legislature, Giuliani suggested they are afraid of the “American media,” “big tech,” and the “big left.”
“Some of us don’t seem to have the courage to react” to the alleged fraud, the former New York City mayor said, adding, “We have to fight for this.”
Giuliani had made a reference to a video sourced from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta that his team showed the legislature last week. In the video, containers were seen being wheeled from beneath a table after have been ostensibly kept there for hours. It came after poll observers and election workers went home for the night.
Georgia elections officials have said the video shows no evidence of fraudulent activity and said the process is normal. However, the Georgia Republican Party’s chairman, David Shafer, said poll observers were told that counting was done for the night and said state officials have not answered key questions about those ballot boxes.
Giuliani, 76, was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday after receiving treatment for the virus. In the hearing Thursday, he didn’t appear to show any signs of illness.
Giuliani told news outlets on Tuesday that he didn’t want to go to the hospital but that Trump convinced him to, telling him: “Don’t be stupid. We can get it over within three days, if we send you to the hospital.”
Over the past several weeks, Giuliani and fellow Trump attorney Jenna Ellis have pushed the legislatures in Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, and Pennsylvania to reclaim their constitutional authority by calling up their own electors to the Electoral College, which meets on Monday, Dec. 14. Ellis also tested positive for the virus, Giuliani confirmed.
And on Thursday, Trump appeared to endorse a letter from more than two dozen Republican House members calling for him to direct Attorney General William Barr to appoint a special counsel to investigate the election.
“Following widespread support from my House Republican colleagues, I am again requesting that you direct Attorney General Barr to appoint a Special Counsel to investigate irregularities in the 2020 election,” their letter began. “The American people deserve a definitive resolution to the uncertainty hovering over the outcome of our election, but legitimate questions of voter fraud remain unanswered,” it continued.
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