Trump’s Ex-Chief of Staff ‘Concerned’ About Giuliani Leading P.A. Lawsuit – Newsweek
President Donald Trump‘s former Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said he is “concerned” about the decision to have Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer and the former mayor of New York City, lead the lawsuit to overturn the election results in Pennsylvania.
Giuliani was brought on by the Trump campaign to lead the charge in Pennsylvania, as the president continues to baselessly claim that he lost the presidential election due to widespread voter fraud. U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann appeared to be highly skeptical of Giuliani’s claims during a five-hour hearing on Tuesday that a “Mafia-like” group of Democratic leaders rigged the election against Trump.
Speaking to Fox Business on Wednesday, Mulvaney argued that it was “important” to pursue the legal challenges but questioned the decision to bring Giuliani on as legal counsel.
“I’m a little concerned about the use of Rudy Giuliani. It strikes me that this is the most important lawsuit in the history of the country. And they’re not using the most well-noted election lawyers,” Mulvaney, who now serves as the U.S. special envoy to Northern Ireland, said.
“There are folks who do this all of the time. This is a specialty. This is not a television program. This is the real thing. And I was struck by a couple things that Rudy said in court yesterday,” he said. “So on one hand I think it needs to go forward. It absolutely does. I wish that—that it was being prosecuted a little more efficiently.”
Newsweek reached out to the Trump campaign and Giuliani’s firm for comment but did not immediately receive a response.
During the Tuesday hearing, Bran questioned why it would be “justified” to throw out the Pennsylvania election results.
“At bottom, you’re asking this court to invalidate some 6.8 million votes thereby disenfranchising every single voter in the commonwealth,” the judge said, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. “Can you tell me how this result could possibly be justified?”
During the hearing, Giuliani claimed that “they stole an election, at least in this commonwealth.” The lawyer said, “if this is allowed without serious sanction, it’s going to become an epidemic.”
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were declared the winners of the presidential election on November 7, after Pennsylvania and Nevada were called in their favor by the Associated Press, Fox News and the other television networks. These states pushed the Democratic ticket past the 270 electoral vote threshold to win the Electoral College. Trump and his supporters have repeatedly pushed unfounded allegations that the Democrats were successful due to widespread voter fraud, but there is no evidence to back this claim.
The results in Pennsylvania show Biden leading Trump by a margin of more than 80,000 votes. The president-elect won 50 percent of the state’s votes compared to 48.8 percent that went for Trump.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which falls under the Department of Homeland Security, repudiated the president’s claims of election fraud last Thursday. The agency described the election as “the most secure in American history.”
“There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes or was in any way compromised,” the agency said. On Tuesday, Trump fired the agency’s director Christopher Krebs, who the president appointed in 2018.