Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, continued his efforts on Saturday to delegitimize the votes cast on electronic voting machines, referring to several conspiracies involving the companies that make the machines and the software they operate in a post on Twitter.
Wanting to cast doubts on the number of votes in several swing states recently named for President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., Mr Giuliani suggested support for a discredited theory that one of the companies doing the in some states Smartmatic is controlled by billionaire philanthropist George Soros.
“Check out SMARTMATIC and tweet me what you think?” Mr. Giuliani wrote. “It will all come out.”
Hours later, President Trump picked up a similar refrain and stated in a tweet that the election was “stolen” by the “Privately Held Radical Left Company, Dominion” with no evidence or explanation of why Dominion stood out from the many others in Privately owned voting systems distinguished providers who routinely hold elections in the United States.
Speculations that Mr. Soros has any influence over Smartmatic or its operations have been thoroughly debunked and he does not own the company. Mr. Soros ‘distant association with the company is through his association with Smartmatic Chairman Mark Malloch-Brown, who is on the board of directors of Mr. Soros’ Open Society Foundation.
Smartmatic has been used in elections around the world. In the elections in Venezuela, the software was manipulated to report a distorted balance sheet. However, the company said it was an anomaly and cited the lack of election observers as part of the problem. In the United States, observers from both parties are allowed to watch the vote count.
In the tweet, Mr. Giuliani appeared to be tracing back an earlier claim that Dominion Voting Systems, which makes the secure software for voting machines, was involved in changing the numbers, claiming the company was actually a “front” for Smartmatic, which he claimed he was would really count. Mr. Giuliani had previously said he was in contact with Dominion “whistleblowers” and, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, he claimed that the company had changed the number of votes in battlefield states that voted for Mr. Biden such as Michigan and Georgia.
On Friday, Dominion urged, citing a Joint announcement from the Department of Homeland Security, stating that there is “no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or compromised in any way”.
On Thursday, a group of federal, state and local officials working with the department said the election was “the safest in American history”.