Rudy Giuliani, a personal attorney for President Donald Trump, was suspended last year from practicing law in New York and Washington, DC.
- A GOP lawmaker expressed frustration with Rudy Giuliani as he spearheaded Trump’s 2020 election lawsuits.
- “Frigging rudy needs to hush,” GOP Rep. Chip Roy texted Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows.
- He also urged Meadows to work with the conservative lawyer John Eastman instead of Giuliani.
Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas expressed deep frustration with former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani as he spearheaded President Donald Trump’s legal effort to subvert the 2020 election results.
Giuliani, then Trump’s personal attorney, made headlines for spreading dubious conspiracy theories suggesting the election was plagued by widespread voter fraud and that President-elect Joe Biden’s victory was not legitimate.
“Frigging rudy needs to hush,” Roy texted Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, on November 22, 2020, according to a Friday CNN report.
The message came days after Giuliani held a chaotic news conference in which he quoted the film “My Cousin Vinny” while black hair dye dripped down his face. Earlier in the month, Giuliani led a separate press conference at a landscaping center located between a crematorium and a sex shop, where he recycled the nonsense claim that Trump had won the election.
Giuliani was also the face of the Trump campaign’s legal crusade to nullify Biden’s win in key battleground states. The campaign and Trump’s Republican allies filed more than 60 lawsuits challenging Biden’s win. Nearly all of them failed.
Trump was said to have been embarrassed by Giuliani’s antics, and one official told NBC News the president was worried his legal team was made up of “fools that are making him look bad.”
Giuliani was suspended last year from practicing law in New York and Washington, DC after an appellate division of New York’s supreme court determined there was “uncontroverted evidence” that he “communicated demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers and the public at large” about the election.
According to CNN, Roy also urged Meadows to work with the conservative lawyer John Eastman instead of Giuliani.
“Have you talked to John Eastman?” Roy texted on November 22, 2020. “Get Eastman to file in front of pa board of elections…”
“Get data in front of public domain,” he added.
Eastman, for his part, faced sharp scrutiny after putting together a memo laying out a six-step plan for Vice President Mike Pence to unilaterally throw the election to Trump, something Pence did not have the legal or constitutional authority to do. But Trump supported the plan and pushed Pence publicly and privately to stop Congress from certifying Biden’s election victory.
A federal judge skewered Eastman and Trump last month over their efforts to subvert the election.
After “filing and losing more than sixty suits, this plan was a last-ditch attempt to secure the Presidency by any means,” US District Judge David Carter said in a scathing ruling, adding that the “illegality of the plan was obvious.”
Trump and Eastman “launched a campaign to overturn a democratic election, an action unprecedented in American history,” Carter wrote. “Their campaign was not confined to the ivory tower — it was a coup in search of a legal theory.”
A representative for Giuliani did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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