Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani visits Gettysburg as Covid adviser

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Senior Trump Campaign Legal Advisor Jenna Ellis speaks as Trump Campaign Advisor Boris Epshteyn whispers to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, during a a press conference on the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, November 19, 2020.Jonathan Ernst | Reuters

A senior campaign adviser to President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had tested positive for the coronavirus, six days after attending a controversial press conference led by Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani.The disclosure of Boris Epshteyn’s diagnosis of Covid-19 came as Giuliani, the lawyer for Trump who led that press conference, traveled to Gettysburg, Pa., For what was called a Political Committee hearing of the Pennsylvania Senate majority on the state election.

Giuliani’s son Andrew, who also attended his father’s press conference Thursday at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, revealed last Friday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. Andrew Giuliani is Trump’s special assistant in the White House.

The Gettysburg hearing comes a day after Pennsylvania certified its election results showing a victory there for President-elect Joe Biden, the former Democratic vice-president.

Epshteyn in a tweet said: “I am experiencing mild symptoms and am following all appropriate protocols including quarantine and contact tracing. ”

Jenna Ellis, a senior campaign legal adviser, who was also at the press conference, tweeted about half an hour before Epshteyn’s tweet that she was “headed to Gettysburg, PA with @RudyGiuliani.  »

The campaign said the hearing, called by Republican senators, will hear testimony from people who have submitted affidavits claiming to be aware of voter fraud.

Epshteyn, a former special aide to Trump, was physically very close to Giuliani and Ellis at the press conference, where these two lawyers and then campaign lawyer Sidney Powell made broad allegations of electoral fraud for which they provided no proof.

During this press conference, Rudy Giuliani was sweating a lot, so much so that what appeared to be hair dye ran down both of his cheeks.

Giuliani is leading the Trump campaign’s legal efforts to challenge the results of the voting results in multiple states, in a long-standing attempt to reverse Biden’s projected Electoral College victory.

Legal scholars have given these efforts little chance of success.

On Saturday, a Pennsylvania federal judge, who is a former Republican official, bluntly rejected Giuliani’s arguments in a lawsuit to block certification of the state’s vote count, saying they were “baseless.”

The Trump campaign and its allies have lost or withdrawn about 36 legal challenges from ballots and voting processes across the country.

Biden is currently expected to win 306 electoral votes, 36 more than needed to secure a White House victory.

Gettysburg is the site of the most famous battle of the American Civil War. For three days in July 1863, Union forces defeated the treacherous Confederate forces led by Robert E. Lee, thwarting their attempt to invade the North.

Four months later, President Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, delivered the famous Gettysburg speech at the site of the battle, urging his listeners to act so that “these dead did not die in vain, that this nation, under God , have a new birth. of liberty, and that the government of the people, by the people, for the people, will not perish from the earth. ”



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