Rudy Giuliani To Take Charge Of Trump's Election Lawsuits

Trump's advisers warn that Giuliani is giving the president “unwarranted optimism” about his chances of overturning the election results.

President Donald Trump has placed his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, in charge of campaign lawsuits challenging election results, ABC News and The New York Times reported Friday.

The controversial attorney will also be in charge of all public communication regarding the suits, according to the Times, citing unnamed sources.

The move came after a series of setbacks for Trump’s legal strategy to win a second term: Attorneys from prominent law firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur withdrew from the federal lawsuit that the Trump campaign filed in Pennsylvania to challenge the state’s election results. And in Pennsylvania and two other states, judges dismissed lawsuits seeking to prevent or stop mail-in ballots from being counted. 

President-elect Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election on Nov. 7, after he won Pennsylvania’s electoral votes.

That same day, Trump announced that his campaign team would be hosting a press conference at the Four Seasons before adding that it would be held at Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Philadelphia — not the luxury hotel, but the parking lot outside a business on an industrial street. Giuliani spoke at the event, amid confusion over the odd choice of location.

Trump advisers aren’t happy about the move putting Giuliani in charge of the legal challenges. They complain that Giuliani is giving the president “unwarranted optimism” about his chances of overturning the vote, which will not serve Trump well, sources told the Times.

Giuliani may be Trump’s only option.

Law firms working with the campaign have been under “tremendous pressure as it became clear these [fraudulent election] claims were baseless, and that they were part of a broader campaign to delegitimize the election,” Wendy Weiser from the Brennan Center for Justice told ABC News. “This was not an appropriate use of the court system.”

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