President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani appeared before a Georgia House committee Thursday, where he and others once again pushed conspiracy theories alleging widespread voter fraud in the state’s presidential election.
The appearance came just a day after Giuliani left Georgetown University Hospital following treatment for COVID-19, days after his coronavirus diagnosis was made public in a tweet by President Trump.
Speaking before Georgia State House Republicans, the former New York mayor claimed that a video of election officials counting ballots in Atlanta’s State Farm Arena not only showed them “stealing votes” but also passing out drugs.
Last week, Giuliani had claimed that the “smoking gun” clip, which has since been debunked, showed officials ushering observers and reporters out of the room at 11 p.m. before pulling out suitcases of stolen votes.
On Thursday, he added: “Look at that woman, look at her taking those ballots out, look at them scurrying around with the ballots, nobody in the room, hiding around, they look like they’re passing out dope not just ballots. It’s quite clear they’re stealing votes.”
The president’s attny then named Black Fulton County elections workers & said they were “passing around USB ports like they were vials of heroin or cocaine.” We are not airing names. The workers have received death threats even after GA Sec of State investigators cleared them.
— Brendan Keefe (@BrendanKeefe) December 10, 2020
Giuliani then claimed to be in possession of a video he says features election workers “passing around USB ports as if they’re vials of heroin or cocaine.”
He insisted that the way they passed USB drives to one another was proof of a criminal conspiracy.
“I mean, it’s obvious to anyone who’s a criminal investigator!” he said. “They are engaged in surreptitious, illegal activity!”
Giuliani then admitted that these poll workers had not yet been questioned, nor had their homes been searched by investigators.
“Their homes, their places of work should have been searched for evidence of ballots, for evidence of USB ports, for evidence of voter fraud!” he ranted. “Because they obviously were engaged in it!”
In a Thursday afternoon briefing, Gabriel Sterling, a Republican and the state’s voting system implementation manager, excoriated Giuliani and the GOP lawmakers for indulging in “the repeatedly, and repeatedly, debunked video.”
“Giving oxygen to this continued disinformation is leading to a continuing erosion of people’s belief in our elections and our processes,” he said. “We have rules, we have laws.”
He said deluded people were making the video out to be an “Ocean’s Eleven-type scheme as opposed to what is obviously happening in the real world.”
“There’s just so much disinformation,” he added. “We have a shovel and we’re against an ocean. It’s an ocean that’s being perpetuated by the president of the United States and [his] legal teams.”