Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, attorney for US President Donald Trump, speaks at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC on Thursday, November 19, 2020, during a press conference on lawsuits related to the results of the Presidential election.
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President Donald Trump is sweating over the grim and often outlandish efforts of his campaign lawyers to undo President-elect Joe Biden’s planned victory.
Trump is concerned that his campaign’s legal team, led by his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, is made up of “fools who make him look bad,” NBC News reported Monday.
This crew, which has so far unironically called itself the “Elite Strike Force Team”, has not achieved any legal victories that would invalidate the votes for Biden, the former Democratic Vice President, even if the legal eagles announce wildly wide fraud claims, which they do not have provided convincing evidence.
On Sunday, one of the strike forces, conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell, was sacked after suggesting – again with no actual evidence – that the Republican governor and Georgia Secretary of State were part of a conspiracy to rig the election for Biden.
Powell’s fall came days after she made similarly exaggerated claims at a press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington.
Trump has complained to White House aides and outside allies about how Giuliani and Powell behaved at the event, NBC reported.
Before Powell got the ax on Sunday, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a close ally of Trump and a former chief attorney, called the president’s legal team a “national embarrassment”.
When asked why Trump isn’t firing former New York City Mayor Giuliani and other lawyers who stay on the team, a person familiar with the president’s thinking gave a mundane, off-the-shoulder answer.
“Who the hell knows?” That source told NBC News.
For now, Giuliani has kept his job as the president’s point man on the election challenge, even after a week of making a widely ridiculed argument in Pennsylvania federal court only to see a judge deliver a devastating rejection of the election campaign on Saturday has submitted a dispute.
Giuliani, who is himself a former top Manhattan federal attorney, also chaired the press conference at the RNC headquarters, where he stood watching Powell promote the campaign’s most distant allegations of electoral fraud.
At that event, Giuliani was sweating so profusely that sweat, apparently blackened by hair dye, noticeably dripped down his cheeks as he made unsubstantiated allegations of election skull digging.
Obsessed with television and people’s personal appearances, Trump wasn’t happy with Giuliani’s view of the press conference, a person familiar with the president’s reaction told NBC News.
Also still on the Trump campaign team is senior legal advisor Jenna Ellis.
Within hours of the Trump campaign defeat in the Pennsylvania campaign on Saturday night, Ellis tweeted that respected Republican pollster Frank Luntz had “MicroPenis Syndrome”.
Luntz’s sin was linked to a tweet from Ellis last week that suggested Giuliani was swimming with the judge on the case.
“Best parody account on Twitter,” Luntz had hunted.
“Your media idiot laughs at @RudyGiuliani, but he already seems to have a good relationship with the judge who is currently making recommendations for martini bars for Team Trump in public,” Ellis had written.
A spokesman for Trump’s campaign had no immediate comment on NBC News coverage.