Former President Donald Trump appears to have listened to his “intoxicated” personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, rather than his professional advisers when he declared victory in the 2020 presidential election.
The report surfaced Monday during the second public hearing held by the House Select Committee to investigate the Jan. 6 riot in the Capitol.
Liz Cheney, vice chair of the committee, called for testimony in her opening remarks, saying: “President Trump rejected the advice of his campaign experts on election night and instead followed the course recommended by an apparently drunk Rudy Giuliani to simply claim he had won and insisted on stopping vote counting, falsely claiming it was all fraudulent.’
Ex-Trump aide Jason Miller said in an impeachment video shown by the committee that Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, was “definitely” under the influence of alcohol on election night.
“The mayor was definitely drunk, but I don’t know how badly drunk he was when he spoke to the president,” Miller responded to a question from committee members.
“Mayor Giuliani said, ‘We won. They steal it from us. Where did the voices come from? We have to say we won.” And essentially anyone who disagreed with that position was weak.
Miller and then-Trump campaign aide Bill Stepien told the 45th President it was too early to say he won the election, but Trump disagreed.
“It was way too early to make calls like that,” Stepien said in an interrogation video. “The ballots were still being counted. It was far too early to make such a proclamation.’
Meanwhile, Giuliani told committee staff, “I spoke to the President several times that night.”
The committee’s interviewers did not appear to have asked Giuliani if he had been drinking on election night, or the clip was not shown.
Giuliani floated several false theories about massive voter fraud after several key states were called out for then-presidential candidate Joe Biden. Giuliani often clashed with Trump’s professional advisers and members of the legal team, who were aware that the election results were correct.
While Giuliani denies being an alcoholic, it is public knowledge that he likes Scotch whiskey.
Monday’s roughly two-hour public hearing focused on Trump’s lie that he won as part of his larger effort to overturn the election results. The first hearing took place Thursday night, with lawmakers accusing Trump of orchestrating a “coup attempt” to overthrow the US government.
The next hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
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