Those cases to date have failed to gain traction with judges, and failed to produce evidence of fraud to such a degree that could overturn Biden’s victory in a single state, much less the several states that Trump would need to flip to win a second term.
“The best description of this situation is widespread, nationwide voter fraud,” Giuliani said during the hearing.
He also reportedly claimed that this purported fraud occurred in “big cities, controlled by Democrats.”
“You’d have to be a fool to think this is an accident,” Giuliani said, according to reports.
But lawyers for Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and a number of Pennsylvania county election boards pushed back, at times fiercely, against Giuliani’s claim.
Mark Aronchick, an attorney for some of those election boards, accused Giuliani of talking about “some fantasy world.”
“This just is disgraceful!” Aronchick said of Giuliani’s arguments.
Aronchick, referring to the Trump campaign’s request that Brann invalidate hundreds of thousands of ballots cast in the state because of alleged fraud, said, “It’s disgraceful that you are being asked to do that.”
“Dismiss this case,” Aronchick urged the judge.
Giuliani earlier in the day adamantly denied a report in The New York Times that he had asked Trump’s campaign to pay him a whopping $20,000 per day for his legal work.
“I never asked for $20,000,” Giuliani told The Times, saying that Trump offered to “work … out” any payment to him at the end of the legal process.
The Wall Street Journal later matched The Times story about Giuliani’s request, which the newspaper noted was “an unusually high fee.” The Journal reported that the Trump campaign did not agree to Giuliani’s request, but noted that it could not be determined whether the campaign will pay Giuliani at all.
Giuliani, who was not originally directly involved in the case, made a last-minute request Tuesday to have Brann admit him as a member of the campaign’s legal team.
That move came after two sets of other lawyers for Trump’s reelection campaign quit the case over the past week.
It also came after Brann denied a request by another new attorney for the campaign to postpone the hearing.
The slapdash nature of the Trump campaign’s case in Pennsylvania was underscored by Giuliani’s statement to Brann on Tuesday that a claim made in the originally filed lawsuit, which alleged a violation of due process, was mistakenly removed from an amended lawsuit.
A former New York City mayor and federal prosecutor, Giuliani is not admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania federal court, so he needed permission from Brann to appear in the case.
Giuliani’s application said that he is “currently a member in good standing” of a number of state and federal courts, and of the District of Columbia Bar.
However, a check of the DC Bar’s registry shows that Giuliani’s admission there is administratively suspended because of nonpayment of fees. That suspension likely would have no affect on his admission to the Pennsylvania case.
On the same day that Biden was projected as winner of the election, Giuliani led a widely derided news conference about the vote-counting process outside of Four Seasons Total Landscaping, a small business in Philadelphia located between a crematorium and a sex shop.
Trump originally announced that the presser would be held at the “Four Seasons,” the name of an upscale hotel, before pointing out the actual location in a subsequent tweet.
Speaking at a lectern set up in the rear parking lot of the landscaping business, Giuliani assailed the city of Philadelphia for having a “sad history” of voter fraud, and scoffed at journalists when they told him that news outlets had called the race for Biden.
Trump last week said that New York-based Giuliani would lead his campaign’s efforts in multiple states to challenge ballots and reverse Biden’s victory.
Next Monday is the deadline for Pennsylvania county boards of elections to file their returns with the secretary of state.
During an interview Tuesday on Fox Business, Giuliani claimed that the Pennsylvania case hinges on 700,000 ballots that he alleged “were counted surreptitiously.”
“Frankly, that is a case that we would like to see get to the Supreme Court,” he said.