Jenna Ellis, Senior Legal Advisor, Trump Campaign, speaks while Boris Epshteyn, Trump campaign advisor, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, during a press conference on the results of the 2020 US presidential election whispers at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee in Washington. 19th November 2020.
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A top advisor to President Donald Trump’s campaign said Wednesday he tested positive for the coronavirus six days after attending a controversial press conference led by Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani.
Boris Epshteyn’s disclosure of the Covid-19 diagnosis came when Giuliani, the Trump attorney who chaired this press conference, went to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to hold a Pennsylvania Senate majority committee hearing on the state elections.
Giuliani’s son Andrew, who also attended his father’s press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington on Thursday, announced last Friday that he tested positive for the coronavirus. Andrew Giuliani is a Special White House Assistant to Trump.
The Gettysburg hearing will take place the day after Pennsylvania confirms the election results, which show a victory for President-elect Joe Biden, the former Democratic Vice-President.
Epshteyn said in a tweet, “I have mild symptoms and am following all appropriate protocols including quarantine and contact tracing.”
Jenna Ellis, a senior campaign legal advisor who also attended the press conference, tweeted about half an hour before Epshteyn’s tweet that she had “traveled to Gettysburg, PA” with @RudyGiuliani.
The campaign has said the hearing, which will be convened by Republican state senators, will hear testimony from people who have tabled affidavits claiming they were aware of electoral fraud.
Epshteyn, a former Trump special assistant, was very close physically to both Giuliani and Ellis during the press conference when these two attorneys and then-campaign attorney Sidney Powell made broad claims of electoral fraud for which they have provided no evidence.
During this press conference, Rudy Giuliani sweated so much that hair dye apparently ran down both cheeks.
Giuliani is leading the Trump campaign’s legal effort to question the results of voting results in multiple states in an attempt to undo Biden’s proposed victory in the electoral college.
Legal experts have given these efforts little chance of success.
On Saturday, a federal judge in Pennsylvania who is a retired Republican official brutally dismissed Giuliani’s arguments in a lawsuit aimed at blocking certification of the state’s voting, saying they were “unfounded.”
The Trump campaign and its allies have lost or withdrawn around 36 legal voting and voting process challenges across the country.
Biden is currently expected to win 306 votes, 36 more than necessary to claim a victory in the White House.
Gettysburg is the site of the most famous battle in the US Civil War. For three days in July 1863, Union forces defeated traitorous Confederate forces, led by Robert E. Lee, and foiled their attempt to invade the north.
Four months later, President Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, delivered the famous Gettysburg address on the battlefield and urged his listeners to act so that “these dead did not die in vain, that this nation will have a new birth under God of freedom, and this government of the people by the people for the people will not perish from the earth. “