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Trump’s Legal Team Blusters and Blunders On

November 23, 2020

Trump's Legal Team Blusters and Blunders On

From his executive command center at Virginia’s Trump National Golf Club, the lame-duck president continues to fight for a job he’s had no interest in performing, deploying a team of cracked crack-smoking crack lawyers under a hair-dye-sweating Rudy Giuliani to courts across the nation in an attempt to invalidate the will of the people. Recent highlights:

Attempting to earn his $20K-a-day rate, Mr. Giuliani appeared in a federal courtroom for the first time in 30 years. The Republican judge reproved him for ignorance of basic legal terms, likened his claims to “Frankenstein’s Monster … haphazardly stitched together,” and laughed them out of court, writing “This is simply not how the Constitution works.”

In Wisconsin, Trump campaign lawyer Jim Troupis wants the court to invalidate his own vote. He wants to throw out all the early voting ballots, and that’s how he and his wife voted. We don’t don’t know what Mr. Troupis is being paid for this, but the campaign paid $3 million for the two-county recount effort.

On Saturday, Trump lawyer Sidney Powell claimed the presidential election was rigged by Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, who died in 2013, claimed a voting machine company bribed Georgia’s Republican officials to throw the electon to Biden, and proposed a “Biblical lawsuit” on behalf of Donald Trump in the Peach State. Even Chris “Bridgegate” Christie was embarrassed. Ms. Powell was booted from the Trump legal team — not for being nuts, but for undermining Georgia GOP officials before the state’s crucial senate runoff elections.

And, ultimately, it may be Republican anxiety over those Georgia senate runoffs, which threaten the GOP stranglehold on congress, that will force Mr. Trump to accept his defeat. Big party donors are telling the Republican leadship they won’t contribute a dime to the Georgia campaigns if the president doesn’t concede, and spend even more time on his golf courses.

Updates:

“Trump’s Pennsylvania Appeal Rejected in Scathing Decision by His Own Appointee,” Tracy Connor, Daily Beast

“Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit against mail ballots with prejudice in another defeat for Trump,” Elise Viebeck, Washington Post

Related:

“Donor sues pro-Trump group over failure to prove voter fraud: ‘Empty promises,'” Jordan Williams, The Hill

“Joe Biden gains votes in Wisconsin county after Trump-ordered recount,” The Guardian

“20 days of fantasy and failure: Inside Trump’s quest to overturn the election,” Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey and Amy Gardner, Washington Post

More Updates:

“How Is Trump’s Lawyer Jenna Ellis ‘Elite Strike Force’ Material?” Jeremy W. Peters and Alan Feuer, New York Times

“Pro-Trump legal crusade peppered with bizarre blunders,” Zach Montellaro and Kyle Cheney, Politico

“Delusional Trump Says He’ll Waste 125 Of His Energy Into Already Low Energy Election Lawsuits,” Summer Concepcion, Talking Points Memo

“Judges turn back claims by Trump and his allies in six states as the president’s legal effort founders,” Elise Viebeck, Emma Brown and Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post

“Trump thought courts were key to winning. Judges disagreed.” Colleen Long and Ed White, Associated Press

“Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Seeking to Subvert Election,” Adam Liptak, New York Times

“Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices Tell Trump Lawyer His Election Suit ‘Smacks of Racism,’” Adam Klasfeld, Law & Crime

“‘The last wall’: How dozens of judges across the political spectrum rejected Trump’s efforts to overturn the election,” Rosalind S. Helderman and Elise Viebeck, Washington Post

“Trump’s Legal Arguments Are Getting More Delusional. Support From Republicans Just Keeps Growing,” Paul McLeod, BuzzFeed News

“Trump Orders Space Force to Discover Other Planets with Courts,” Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

Even More Updates:

“Trump Lost 59 Election Cases Before Electoral College Vote (and Counting),” Zoe Tillman, BuzzFeed News

“Kilmeade Asks Stephen Miller If Trump’s Failing Lawsuits Mean He Has ‘Worst Legal Team,’” Summer Concepcion, TalkingPointsMemo

“Judge Briskly Tosses Out GOP Georgia Ballot Challenge Hours After It Was Lodged,” Kate Riga, TalkingPointsMemo

“Conspiracy-theorist lawyer Sidney Powell spotted again at White House,” Martin Pengelly, The Guardian

“Trump wants Supreme Court to overturn Pa. election results,” Jill Colvin and Marc Levy, Associated Press

Wait! Wait! Additional Updates:

“Sidney Powell’s Hidden ‘Kraken’ Witness Is a Pro-Trump Podcaster Once Sued for Fraud,” Blake Montgomery, Daily Beast

“Federal court rejects Trump’s Wisconsin election challenge,” Daniel Uria, UPI

“Dominion Voting Systems Employee Sues Trump Campaign And Allies, Alleging Defamation,” Bente Birkeland, Colorado Public Radio

Even More Horrible Updates:

“Rep. Gohmert Calls for Street Violence as Another Legal Loss Sends MAGA World Spiraling,” Justin Rohrlich, Daily Beast

“Louie Gohmert Suggests People ‘Go to the Streets’ and Be ‘Violent’ After Judge Throws Out Baseless Election Suit,” Peter Wade, Rolling Stone

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Rudy Giuliani Now Leads Trump’s 2020 Election Legal Challenges

November 16, 2020

Rudy Giuliani Now Leads Trump's 2020 Election Legal Challenges

After his triumphant press conference at Philiadelphia’s luxurious Four Seasons Total Landscaping (first right after the Fantasy Island adult bookstore), where he presented first-hand testimony about voter fraud from a convicted weenie-wagger, Rudy Giuliani has been put in charge of Donald Trump’s legal attempts to overturn the results of Trump’s defeat in the 2020 presidential election. Of course. If all your cases are being laughed out of court, why not send in the clowns?

More:

“Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani claims presidential election will be ‘overturned,’” Ebony Bowden, NY Post

“Giuliani wrecks Trump campaign’s well-laid legal plans,” Alex Isenstadt, Politico

“Lawyers decided to quit Trump case after chaotic Four Seasons Landscaping press conference,” Oliver O’Connell, The Independent

“‘Donald Trump v. USA’: Legal Experts Marvel as Election Lawsuits Border on Bizarre,” Alexandra Garrett, Newsweek

“Giuliani Arrives in Ukraine to Look for More Votes,” Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

Updates:

“Trump’s Legal Path to Overturn the Election Results Appears 100 Percent Dead,” Rick Hansen, Election Law Blog

“Rudy Leaps Into Trump Camp’s Off-The-Rails PA Lawsuit Ahead Of Big Tuesday Hearing,” Tierney Sneed, TalkingPointsMemo

“Here’s what happened when Rudolph Giuliani made his first appearance in federal court in nearly three decades,” Jon Swaine and Aaron Schaffer, Washington Post

“Rudy Giuliani Is Asking for $20K a Day to Launch Ridiculous Election Lawsuits,” Pilar Melendez, Daily Beast

“Been injured in an election? Call Rudy Giuliani now!” Alexandra Petri, Washington Post

“There’s a Petition to Add Four Seasons Total Landscaping to the National Register of Historic Places,” Mimi Montgomery, Washingtonian

“Trump’s legal team seemingly didn’t notice its allegation of election fraud in Michigan is based on data from Minnesota,” Kathryn Krawczyk, The Week

“Rudy Giuliani’s Son Tests Positive for COVID Day After Attending Dad’s Bonkers ‘Fraud’ Briefing,” Rachel Olding, Daily Beast

“Fact-checking Giuliani and the Trump legal team’s wild, fact-free press conference
By Tara Subramaniam, Holmes Lybrand and staff, CNN

“A Republican judge just tore into Trump’s election lawyers for their incompetence,” Ian Millhiser, Vox

“Trump Campaign Lawyers Step Up but Are Swiftly Knocked Down,” Zach Montague and Alan Feuer, New York Times

“Chris Christie calls the conduct of Trump’s legal team a ‘national embarrassment,’” Paul Kane and Felicia Sonmez, Washington Post

 

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Rudy Giuliani’s Expert Consultant on Ukrainian Corruption

October 4, 2019

Rudy Giuliani's Expert Consultant on Ukrainian Corruption

If you want expert advice on Ukrainian corruption, check with convicted felon Paul Manafort, former consultant to Viktor Yanukovych, the Ukrainian president removed from office for rampant corruption. That’s what Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, did in an attempt to corroberate yet another conspracy theory about the Mueller Investigation. That probe caught Mr. Manafort with secret foreign bank accounts stuffed with Ukrainian cash and sent him to the slammer. Before he began serving time, Paul Manafort served as Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman and chief strategist.

More:

“Who Would Be the Worst Possible Person to Help You Avoid Ukraine-Related Crimes?” Ryan Bort, Rolling Stone

“Giuliani consulted on Ukraine with imprisoned Paul Manafort via a lawyer,” Josh Dawsey, Tom Hamburger, Paul Sonne, and Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post

“Five fantasies Trump is pushing about the Ukraine scandal – and the truth,” Ed Pilkington, The Guardian

Related:

“Trump Removed Ambassador to Ukraine After Giuliani Insisted: Report,” Julia Arciga, Daily Beast

“Giuliani Claims The State Department Warned Him Not To Meet With A Top Ukrainian Official,” Hayes Brown, BuzzFeed News

“Judge Andrew Napolitano: Trump’s call with Ukraine president manifests criminal and impeachable behavior,” Fox News

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