An allegedly intoxicated Rudolph W. Giuliani was one of the few presidential aides to tell former President Trump on election night 2020 that the election was stolen and that he should declare victory, according to another key campaign aide testified Monday at a The President’s hearing was shown by the House Committee investigating the January 6 riot in the Capitol.
In a video testimony released Monday, former Trump aide Jason Miller testified that Giuliani spoke to the president several times on election night and was the only one in the Trump campaign circle to advocate for a declaration of victory before the night was over .
“Actually, Mayor Giuliani said, ‘We won. They steal it from us. Where did all the voices come from? We have to say we won.” And essentially anyone who disagreed with that position was weak,” Miller testified, adding that Giuliani was “definitely drunk” that night.
Trump agreed with Giuliani’s claims.
Bill Stepien, Trump’s former campaign manager, said in a video testimony that he advised the president to say votes were still being counted and that it was too early to call the race.
“The president didn’t agree with that,” Stepien said. “I don’t remember the individual words. He thought I was wrong. He told me, and you know they would go, and he would go in a different direction.”
Miller also testified that he disagreed with Giuliani’s strategy.
But at 3 a.m. that night, Trump said in public remarks that a “deception of the American public” was afoot.
“We prepared to win this election. Honestly, we won this election,” Trump said, without providing any evidence.
According to witnesses, Trump was in the White House on election night along with senior advisers such as Stepien, Miller, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and his adult children.
Committee chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) argued that the evidence showed Trump’s refusal to accept the results of the 2020 election.
“We had a choice,” Thompson said. “Mr. Trump lost, but he refused to accept the results of the democratic process.”
https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-06-13/what-giuliani-said-to-trump-on-election-night Giuliani urged Trump to push fraud claims on election night