Trump tweets that Giuliani has tested positive for coronavirus while heading his legal defense to overturn Biden election victory
- President Trump revealed the test results by Tweet on Sunday
- Giuliani has traveled the country making Trump’s case that the election was ‘rigged’
- He took over from David Bossie, who also tested positive for the virus, leading legal effort
Giuliani is just the latest person in Trump’s circle to test positive, after Trump, the first lady, and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows tested positive.
He has traveled the country making Trump’s case that the election was ‘rigged’ and that that it was ‘stolen.’
He has appeared both at legislative hearings and at unofficial Republican-run quasi-hearings where witnesses claimed massive fraud, even as judges have tossed out dozens of lawsuits.
He has regularly appeared unmasked at the events.
Giuliani’s son, Andrew, announced a positive test after attending a press conference with Trump’s ‘elite strike force’ legal team last month.
Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for coronavirus, President Trump tweeted
‘@RudyGiuliani, by far the greatest mayor in the history of NYC, and who has been working tirelessly exposing the most corrupt election (by far!) in the history of the USA, has tested positive for the China Virus. Get better soon Rudy, we will carry on!!!’ Trump tweeted.
Giuliani took charge of the legal effort after former Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie himself testified positive shortly after being named.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, another top campaign advisor, also tested positive in recent months.
Giuliani attended debate prep along with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Trump shortly before Christie tested positive for the virus. He was one of multiple officials at the event marking the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett that soon became known as a superspreader event.
Giuliani led the battle for Trump to try to get judges or state legislatures to turn back results in an election where he trails President-elect Joe Biden by more than 7 million votes.
He has been touting ‘bombshell’ video evidence purporting to show voting fraud in Georgia, although the Republican secretary of state’s office has said it amounts to nothing.
On Sunday it was revealed the star witness in Trump’s ‘voter fraud’ case in Michigan was recently released from probation after being accused of sending her fiance’s ex-wife pornographic videos and then attempting to frame her of stealing them, according to reports.
Mellissa Carone, 33, was sentenced to 12 months probation for the offense in Wayne County, Michigan, in September 2019.
He traveled to Pennsylvania for another hearing-style event claiming fraud where Trump called in. He was seated unmasked next to lawyer Jenna Ellis, who played the tape on her cell phone.
He also appeared unmasked at a bizarre press conference at the Republican National Committee in Washington where he and then Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell laid out a conspiracy theory about election vote machines involving Venezuela, China, Cuba, and Democratic election officials.
As Giuliani sweat, his hair dye leaked down the side of his face – in an event Fox news host Sean Hannity recently mocked on his show while Giuliani, appearing as a guest, smiled.
Six days after that event, on Nov. 25, Boris Epshteyn, a lawyer who is part of the effort who appeared there, announced he had tested positive.
Despite the news, Jenna Ellis tweeted that she was ‘ Headed to Gettysburg, PA with @RudyGiuliani’ for the election hearing-style event.
Ellis tweeted that both she and Giuliani had tested negative, and that the ‘entire legal team will continue to follow the advice and protocols of our doctors.’
Giuliani’s legal efforts have won him regular praise from the president – but also some severe admonishments from trial judges and some of the election officials he has challenged.
Georgia’s Lt. Gov. on Sunday blasted the ‘mountains of misinformation’ in election fraud claims, hours after Trump came to Georgia to claim the election was ‘rigged.’
‘I worry that this continues, you know, fanning of the flames around misinformation puts us in a negative position with regards to the Jan. 5 runoff,’ Georgia’s Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan told CNN’s ‘State of the Union.’
‘The mountains of misinformation are not helping the process – they’re only hurting it,’ he said.
Giuliani sometimes seemed as if he had some special power making him immune from the virus.
He traveled with the president on Air Force One to the first presidential debate in Cleveland amid what was an unfolding spreader event at the White House.
The president, Christie, First Lady Melania Trump, and others had already tested positive.