President Donald Trump’s campaign legal team held a historic press conference Thursday, Nov. 19 in Washington, saying they gathered enough evidence to deduce that there was “centralized” fraud in the Nov. 3 election to prevent the president’s re-election.
Led by President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, the legal team accused the Democratic Party of stealing ballots, preventing Republican observers from participating in the count, and changing the results of the computers through algorithms.
“It’s not a singular voter fraud in one state,” Giuliani said, explaining that “this pattern repeats itself in a number of states, almost exactly the same pattern … suggests that there was a plan—from a centralized place to execute these various acts of voter fraud.”
He stated that this is the “logical conclusion” that was reached as a result of the incidents that took place in several states.
“What I’m describing to you is massive fraud,” Giuliani said at a press conference at the Capitol attended by other members of President Trump’s legal team.
The former New York mayor specified that this pattern of illegal actions focused on large cities governed by the Democrats, and especially those that “have a long history of corruption.”
“I know crimes, I can smell them. You don’t have to smell this one, I can prove it to you, 18 different ways,” continued Giuliani, who led the prosecution of New York City mob bosses in the 1980s when he served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
He said the legal team has enough evidence to show that President Trump won Pennsylvania by 300,000 votes and Michigan by about 50,000 votes.
Giuliani has repeatedly alleged that the fraud occurred in large cities governed by Democratic mayors such as Detroit, Milwaukee, Atlanta and Philadelphia.
“And I’ve often said, I guess sarcastically but it’s true. The only surprise I would have found in this is that Philadelphia hadn’t cheated in this election. Because for the last 60 years, they’ve cheated in just about every single election. You could say the same thing about Detroit,” he said.
At the press conference, which lasted about an hour and a half, the Republican lawyer explained that while he cannot make them public at this time, there are “hundreds” of sworn statements from witnesses who witnessed fraud and irregularities during the election.
‘If you count the lawful votes, Trump won Wisconsin’
At Thursday’s press conference, attorneys described the allegations made in several lawsuits.
Giuliani spoke at length about incidents in Pennsylvania in which Republican election observers said they were not allowed to observe the vote-counting process because they were forced to stand several feet away.
He also said that although Pennsylvania does not allow absentee voters to eventually fix any errors on their ballots, some areas were given that opportunity, but not precisely those areas where the Republican Party’s electoral preference prevails.
He cited affidavits from cases in Pennsylvania and Michigan that exposed fraud.
One of them said that Pennsylvania workers were instructed to randomly assign unnamed votes to people, resulting in thousands of people in Pittsburgh going to the polls to find out that votes had been cast in their name.
Another affidavit indicated that a Michigan supervisor instructed workers to change the dates of the absentee ballots to show that they arrived before the deadline.
A third said that workers were told not to ask Michigan voters for photo identification, even though state law requires it.
Giuliani also said that approximately 100,000 absentee ballots in Wisconsin should have been considered invalid because there were no applications for them.
“If you count the lawful votes, Trump won Wisconsin,” Giuliani said.
The Georgia Case
Giuliani said the legal team will file a “major lawsuit” in Georgia on Nov. 20.
He described the brief as including accusations of voter fraud, among other charges.
“In the city of Atlanta, Republicans were not allowed to watch the absentee mail-in ballot process,” he said.
“We have numerous double voters, we have numerous out-of-state voters, and we have specific evidence of intimidation and changes of vote. That will all be in the lawsuit that comes out tomorrow,” he explained during Thursday’s press conference.
Giuliani explained that the vote recount ordered by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, which has reduced Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s lead over Trump by about 1,400 votes, doesn’t really mean much because workers weren’t looking at the ballots the right way.
“Whatever the count in Georgia today is, is totally ridiculous. They’re counting the same fraudulent ballots one more time,” he said.
Sidney Powell, a well-known attorney who is also part of the legal team, said the lawsuit filed in Georgia by attorney Lin Wood includes an “stunning, detailed affidavit” from a whistleblower who said he witnessed Venezuelan officials working with election software company Smartmatic to rig elections in that country. She said Dominion Voting Systems uses software that incorporates much of the Smartmatic system.
Through his Twitter account, President Trump invited the community to watch the press conference to learn about the “very clear and viable path” that will lead the president to “victory.”
Important News Conference today by lawyers on a very clear and viable path to victory. Pieces are very nicely falling into place. RNC at 12:00 P.M.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2020
The campaign said it is considering filing a major lawsuit in Arizona and also in Virginia and New Mexico.