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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was the mastermind of the effort that resulted in fake electors submitting election certificates in five states, according to a new report in The Washington Post.
Republicans were signed on to Arizona's phony election certificate refused to tell the Arizona Republic who organized the effort. One of the fake electors in Michigan said the call from "an attorney working on behalf of Trump in Washington, D.C."
On Thursday, The Post reported it was Giuliani, a former associate attorney general who had his law licenses suspended for spreading Trump's lies about election fraud.
"The Trump electors gathered in plain sight, assisted by campaign officials and Trump attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani, who said publicly that the rival slates were necessary and appropriate. Internally, Giuliani oversaw the effort, according to former campaign officials and party leaders who, like some others interviewed for this report, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations," the newspaper reported. "One of the people familiar with the plan said Giuliani was assisted at times by an anchor from the right-wing network One America News."
The reporter is allegedly Christina Bobb.
"Behind the scenes, in the days leading up to the electoral college vote, Giuliani participated in at least one conference call with campaign staffers and Republican activists that included detailed discussions about preparing the rival electoral slates, according to former campaign officials," the newspaper reported.
Giuliani's alleged role could expose him to legal liability. State Attorneys General Dana Nessel (D-MI) and Hector Balderas (D-MN) have forwarded criminal referrals to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Former federal prosecutors Dennis Aftergut and Melanie Sloan have argued it is important for the Department of Justice to charge those responsible.
"Those who had a hand in crafting and attempting to submit false certificate of electors may have committed multiple crimes, including forgery and fraud. The actions of these state officials are important steps towards uncovering the scope and depth of the attempted plot to steal the election and keep former President Trump in power," they wrote. "Many of the certificates used the same words and font, as if coordinated and copied from a common template. By contrast, the genuine certificates vary greatly in form, language and look."
On Monday, the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol issued a subpoena to Giuliani, along with Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell, and Boris Epshteyn.
"Rudolph Giuliani actively promoted claims of election fraud on behalf of the former President and sought to convince state legislators to take steps to overturn the election results. He was reportedly in contact with then-President Trump and various Members of Congress regarding strategies for delaying or overturning the results of the 2020 election," the committee explained.
Ivanka Trump responds to Committee’s invite by saying she called for end to violence – leaves out ‘patriots’ part
Ivanka Trump is responding to her invitation from the January 6 Committee by issuing a statement that is being seen suggesting she has no intention of accepting. Earlier Thursday the Committee sent the former First Daughter and White House senior advisor a lengthy 11-page letter asking for her voluntary cooperation.
A statement from her spokesperson given to CNN White House Correspondent Kate Bennett references a tweet posted by Ivanka Trump the day of the attack on the Capitol – a tweet she was forced to delete after massive outrage.
"As the Committee already knows, Ivanka did not speak at the January 6 rally," the statement reads. "As she publicly stated at 3:15pm, 'any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately."
NEW: @IvankaTrump's spokesperson tells me Ivanka "just learned" of the 1/6 Committee's invitation to appear before them, but from the response below, it sounds as though she isn't planning to do so: pic.twitter.com/VXpUXDnEuP
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) January 20, 2022
But in the actual Ivanka Trump called the insurrectionists "American Patriots," as CNN reported that day:
Ivanka Trump addressed the rioters as "American Patriots" in a tweet, then deleted it https://t.co/lJvkzNsi1e pic.twitter.com/qSH3T9I5gc
— CNN (@CNN) January 6, 2021
Jared Kushner trying assure partners that Trump won't interfere with newly launched private equity firm
Jared Kushner wants other financiers to know that he plans to remain with his private equity firm whether or not his father-in-law returns to the White House.
Donald Trump's son-in-law and former senior White House adviser has been telling limited partners at Affinity Capital about the contacts he made while serving in government, particularly in the Middle East, reported Axios.
"Jared's intention is for this to be his long-term opportunity and, other than the book he has coming out, he's spending most of his time on it," the source said. "He can't live his life just waiting on what [Trump] may or may not do .... People wouldn't have joined the firm if they thought Jared is going to leave in a couple years."
However, those efforts could be complicated if Donald Trump is re-elected because some of those limited partners are said the be sovereign wealth funds, and because technology companies are generally hostile to the twice-impeached one-time president.
The Miami-based private equity firm, which is reportedly looking for office space in Israel, has a little more than $3 billion in verbal commitments for its debut fund, and its first deal is expected to come by the end of March.