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November 8, 2021

Giuliani says he ‘didn’t have the time’ to verify election claims in deposition video

During a videotaped deposition, Rudy Giuliani, who previously served as former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, said he “didn’t have the time” to look into the credibility of election fraud reports, according to tapes exclusively obtained by CNN.

Dominion Voting Systems is suing Giuliani and other Trump allies for repeatedly making unsubstantiated claims that the company rigged the 2020 presidential election in favor of Joe Biden.

“We had a report that the heads of Dominion and Smartmatic, somewhere in the mid-tweens, you know 2013, 2014, whatever, went down to Venezuela for a get-to-know meeting with [President Nicolás] Maduro so they could demonstrate to Maduro the kind of vote fixing they did for [former President Hugo] Chavez,” Giuliani says in the deposition footage.

An attorney for former Dominion Voting Systems executive Eric Coomer then says, “You say the heads of Dominion and Smartmatic.”

“Yes, that’s what I was told. … Before the press conference I was told about it,” Giuliani answered. “Sometimes I go and look myself — when stuff comes up. This time I didn’t have the time to do it.”

“It’s not my job, in a fast-moving case, to go out and investigate every piece of evidence that was given to me. Otherwise, you’re never going to write a story. You’ll never come to a conclusion,” Guiliani added.

Dominion Voting Systems has lawsuits against Giuliani, former Trump attorney Sidney Powell, and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.

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Deposition video shows Trump allies under oath discussing debunked election fraud claims

November 2, 2021

Georgia secretary of state says Trump ‘had no idea how elections work’

In Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s (R) new book, he details a January phone call with then-President Donald Trump, urging Raffensperger to “find” enough votes for Trump to win the state’s electoral college votes.

The new book, Integrity Counts, includes a 40-page transcript of the phone call.

“Fellas, I need 11,000 votes. Give me a break,” Trump told Raffensperger and Ryan Germany, the general counsel to the secretary of state.

“This repeated request for votes showed me that President Trump really had no idea how elections work. The secretary of state’s office doesn’t allocate any votes,” Raffensperger wrote in an annotation of the call.

“At the time of the call in January, I didn’t know if he believed what he was saying. I didn’t know if he was trying to push a narrative, or was he just believing stuff that was fed to him?” Raffensperger told The Hill. “As a conservative-with-a-capital-C Republican, I’m disappointed like everyone else is. But the cold hard facts are that President Trump did come up short in the state of Georgia.”

“I wanted to respond to him respectfully, but also let him know in no uncertain terms that what he just said was not supported by the facts,” Raffensperger said. “Every single allegation that he made in that call and every allegation that his surrogates made, we ran those down and they were not supported by the facts.”

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Georgia secretary of state: Trump ‘had no idea how elections work’

November 1, 2021

35 percent of voters say 2020 election should be overturned, poll finds

A new poll by Politico and Morning Consult found that 35% of registered voters said the 2020 presidential election results should be overturned.

Twenty-two percent of registered voters said the results of the 2020 presidential election should “definitely” be overturned, and 13 percent said they should “probably” be overturned.

Forty-three percent of respondents said the results should “definitely not” be overturned, and 12 percent said they should “probably not” be overturned.

Eleven percent of poll participants said they remain unsure.

However, only 19 percent of registered voters said they believe it is very likely or somewhat likely the election results will be overturned, with 71 percent saying it is very unlikely or somewhat unlikely.

The October 22-24 poll surveyed 1,999 registered voters with a 2 percent margin of error.

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35 percent of voters in new poll say 2020 election should be overturned

October 8, 2021

Damning report details Trump’s ‘corrupt’ efforts to overturn election results

A report from a Senate Judiciary Committee found that former President Donald Trump’s efforts to thwart the 2020 election results brought pandemonium to the Justice Department and prompted resignations from various high-level officials.

“This moment was spine-tinglingly, chillingly close to shredding the constitution because Donald Trump tried to subvert, corrupt the constitution and the Department of Justice,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a member of the committee, said.

The new report released Thursday sheds new light on Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results, asking leaders to declare the election “corrupt” and criticizing its top official for not doing anything to toss out the results.

“In attempting to enlist DOJ for personal, political purposes in an effort to maintain his hold on the White House, Trump grossly abused the power of the presidency,” the report said.

The tension between Trump and the DOJ culminated in a White House meeting on Jan. 3. Trump openly considered replacing acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen with assistant attorney general Jeffrey Clark, who was more open to Trump’s requests.

“One thing we know is you, Rosen, aren’t going to do anything to overturn the election,” Trump reportedly said during the meeting.

One White House lawyer described the efforts to undo the election as a “murder-suicide” pact.

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Senate report details Trumps attempt to use DoJ to overturn election defeat

October 6, 2021

Trump at ‘substantial risk of charges’ over Georgia election meddling

Former President Donald Trump is still under federal investigation over a Jan. 2 phone call to Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger pressuring him to overturn the results of the 2020 election. A group of legal experts published an analysis arguing that Trump’s actions leave him “at substantial risk of possible state charges predicated on multiple crimes.”

During the now-infamous call, Trump asked Raffensperger to “just find” the 11,779 votes he would need to defeat Joe Biden in the state.

“These charges potentially include: criminal solicitation to commit election fraud; intentional interference with performance of election duties; conspiracy to commit election fraud; criminal solicitation; and state RICO violations,” the group wrote. “Our conclusion is based entirely on publicly available reporting and evidence, including the recording of Trump’s call to Raffensperger.”

The experts say the events show a broader nefarious intention to manipulate the election outcome in crucial swing states. Members of the group include former Obama administration ethics attorney Norm Eisen and former Reagan administration deputy solicitor general Donald Ayer.

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Trump’s Georgia election meddling puts him ‘at substantial risk of charges predicated on multiple crimes’: legal experts

October 2, 2021

Election denialists suffer quick defeat in Idaho

Purporters of the unfounded claim that President Biden fraudulently won the 2020 election suffered a quick defeat in Idaho. The state’s top election officials said they conducted a hand recount of last year’s presidential election in two counties after hearing from readers of a website linked to MyPillow head honcho, Mike Lindell.

According to Secretary of State Lawrence Denney’s (R) office, they received screenshots from Lindell’s site alleging vote tallies in every Idaho county showed evidence of “electronic manipulation.”

However, at least seven of the 44 counties (all small rural areas) do not use any electronic steps in their vote-tallying process — a detail that renders the claims impossible.

Chief Deputy Secretary of State Chad Houck confirmed Denney’s office was prepared to confront misinformation in hopes of offering objective evidence that could prove or disprove the allegations as county clerks report receiving threats.

“On step one, you go, this is just implausible,” Houck said. “But nonetheless, we said if we were presented with information we would go run that information to ground.”

Houck lamented that misinformation continues to circulate, even in states where the results were never really questionable.

“Somewhere along the line people need to draw a line in the sand and say this is irrational,” he said. “It doesn’t justify the expense of wholesale going out and looking for what you think may possibly be a needle in what you think may possibly be a haystack.”

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Election denialists smacked down by Idaho secretary of state

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