Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, attorney for US President Donald Trump, speaks at a news conference on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC, during a press conference on lawsuits related to the results of the presidential election.
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On Sunday, one of the team members, conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell, was effectively sacked after suggesting – again without 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.
On the Sunday before Powell got the ax, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a close ally of Trump and former chief attorney, called the president’s legal team a “national embarrassment.”
When asked why Trump isn’t firing Giuliani and other lawyers who stay on the team, a person familiar with the president’s thinking gave a mundane shrug.
“Who the hell knows?” That person 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 largely mocked argument in Pennsylvania federal court, only to see a judge on Saturday give a devastating rejection of the election campaign has submitted action to contest.
Giuliani, who was once a top Manhattan federal attorney, also chaired the press conference at RNC headquarters, where he stood and watched Powell promote the campaign’s most distant allegations of electoral fraud.
At this event, Giuliani sweated so profusely that the sweat, blackened by hair dye, apparently ran down his cheeks when he made unfounded allegations of election skull pit.
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 indicating that Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, got along well 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 built 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.