Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani claimed Thursday that Joe Biden’s projected victory over President Trump was the result of a “national conspiracy” involving election officials in key swing states.
“This was not an idea of 10 or 12 Democratic bosses,” Giuliani said. “This was a plan. You’d have to be a fool not to realize that.”
During a marathon news conference in Washington, DC, Giuliani — who is leading Trump’s efforts to challenge the election results in court — outlined what he said was a coordinated scheme to illegally boost Biden’s vote counts across the country.
Giuliani said absentee and mail-in ballots were cast illegally for Biden or tampered with by corrupt poll workers, then counted while Republican inspectors were kept too far away to document what was happening.
He also alleged that some votes for Biden were tallied as many as three times each by workers who repeatedly shoved individual ballots into counting machines.
“It began as a national conspiracy, clearly. That evidence emerged very, very quickly,” Giuliani said.
“The minute that I saw it was the same thing in 10 states, just using logic, I said, ‘This can’t be an accident.’”
Giuliani said the Trump campaign had hundreds of sworn affidavits attesting to the alleged wrongdoing, and specifically cited claims by one Michigan poll worker, Jessy Jacob, who he said “was basically trained to cheat” in Biden’s favor.
“Maybe you can say she’s lying,” he said.
“But you can’t say there’s no evidence. This is direct evidence.”
Giuliani said massive swings in various vote counts also amounted to “circumstantial evidence” of election fraud, and said that disqualifying the suspect votes would swing the election in Trump’s favor.
At one point, he called attention to a chart identifying states where the Trump campaign believes Biden’s wins should be reversed.
The chart, labeled “Multiple Paths to Victory,” highlighted Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
During a frequently combative question-and-answer session with reporters, Giuliani declined to say if he thought Biden was in on the alleged election fraud.
“Honestly, I don’t know what Joe Biden is aware of or not aware of. And I mean that as a lawyer…not trying to be cute,” he said.
“I’ve watched him. I’ve observed him…I don’t know how much he decides and how much things are decided for him.”
Also during the 90-minute news conference at Republican National Committee headquarters, lawyer Sidney Powell alleged a separate scheme in which votes were illegally “injected” into Dominion-brand counting machines using Smartmatic software.
Powell claimed that a software algorithm automatically changed votes for Trump into votes for Biden and that computer operators also manually “trashed” votes for Trump to distort the counts.
Powell — who is representing former national security adviser Michael Flynn in his bid to withdraw a guilty plea for lying to the FBI — also alleged that Smartmatic’s software was developed in Venezuela for the country’s late dictator, Hugo Chavez.
It’s repeatedly been used to fabricate vote totals and manipulate elections in Venezuela and other countries, she said.
Powell also alleged ties between Smartmatic and financier George Soros, as well as the Clinton Foundation.
“I think a full-scale criminal investigation needs to be undertaken by the Department of Justice” and various state law enforcement agencies, she said.
In a statement posted on its website, Smartmatic says it’s “never provided Dominion Voting Systems with any software, hardware or other technology” and that the two firms “are competitors in the marketplace.”
Smartmatic also says it “does not have any ties to any governments or political parties in any country” and “has never been owned, funded or backed by any government.”
Biden’s transition team didn’t immediately return a request for comment on Giuliani’s allegations.