At a meeting in the White House last Friday, a day before the Four Seasons Total Landscaping Imbroglio, it came to a head. When the group battled options in front of the president, Giuliani tossed them in and ridiculed them as insufficiently aggressive. Some in the room were surprised.
During a Thursday meeting at the White House attended by the President, Giuliani accused Trump’s aide of lying to Trump about his chances. Clark pushed back aggressively and the two screamed at each other. Vice President Mike Pence was also present. The encounter was first reported by the Times.
Neither Giuliani nor a spokesman responded to requests for comment.
Giuliani was assisted by Sidney Powell, an attorney for retired General Michael Flynn. During a Sunday appearance on Fox News, she described a “massive and coordinated effort to steal that election” and said there had been an effort to “delegitimize and destroy votes for Donald Trump” and “generate votes for Joe Biden.”
She added that Democrats “used an algorithm to calculate the votes they would need to flip and used computers to flip those votes from Trump to Biden and from other Republican candidates to their competitors as well.”
Powell was apparently referring to a debunked conspiracy theory that Dominion Voting Systems, a voting software company, changed the number of votes in Michigan and Georgia.
Bossie has told the president that there needs to be a more nuanced state-to-state approach targeting specific cases of irregularities, according to two people familiar with the discussions.
With Giuliani’s rise, two parallel legal teams are now expected to work in different ways. Senior Republicans doubt Giuliani’s ideas will go anywhere, saying Bossie’s team will make their own efforts.
Republican officials said they viewed Trump’s decision to promote Giuliani as an implicit confirmation that his legal options will be closed and as a sign that he is determined to go out with blazing weapons. Top Republicans late Friday described a sense of resignation that the election was about to end.
The president took the move after advisors informed him that morning that the Arizona lawsuit had been dropped. Giuliani spent part of the day working at the campaign headquarters.
Trump’s legal team has also been exposed to print campaigns from outside critics. On Thursday evening, the law firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur notified a federal judge that it was withdrawing from a lawsuit in Pennsylvania brought by the re-election efforts. The move took place after the anti-Trump-Lincoln project posted a tweet Encouraging supporters to contact the firm’s attorneys through their social media accounts.
Still, the president’s team has made progress and is working 12 to 15 hours a day against the certification deadlines. They set up a hotline with 40 employees to collect reports of irregularities. Prank calls have proven to be annoying, however.
While the campaign is expected to lay off a majority of its employees in the coming days, it will continue to hire people whose work is relevant to the litigation, including people in the communications and research departments.
Trump advisors have begun exploring the possibility of getting Republican-controlled state legislation to submit a list of Trump voters to the electoral college, rather than Biden voters.
But even in Republican circles there is growing skepticism that Trump can make it to court. He has suffered a string of legal defeats in the past few days, and Biden’s lead in the contested states has soared well into the thousands, making it unlikely that a recount could push Trump over the top.
And many hardly see any signs of irregularities.
“There’s a zero-zero basis” to topple the election, said Richard, the ex-Bush attorney. “You won’t win this. I think all of these cases will be dismissed by the end of next week.”