Poll workers in Atlanta, Georgia during the 2020 presidential election have accused Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, of failing to turn over evidence that suggested false claims about election fraud.
In a text message sent to a close group of allies on December 7, 2020, former Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn sent out an “urgent POTUS request.”
“Need best examples of ‘election fraud’ that we’ve alleged that’s super easy to explain,” Epshteyn wrote. “Doesn’t necessarily have to be proven but does need to be easy to understand.”
In response to the plea, Giuliani suggested that Epshteyn turn over security camera footage of Atlanta poll workers Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss to Trump. The two were caught moving boxes of ballots around the polling site in 2020.
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“It will live in history as the theft of a state,” said Giuliani about the tape.
Freeman and Moss have been long-time targets of Trump and his allies, who have been claiming that the 2020 election was stolen since President Joe Biden was declared the winner. Despite Georgia election officials repeatedly rejecting instances of election fraud, Trump and Giuliani have continued to promote the surveillance footage and frame the poll workers as guilty.
In court filings released recently, Freeman and Moss accused Giuliani of intentionally withholding evidence of the 2020 text thread from investigators. Freeman and Moss are urging U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell to grant them a “default judgment” in their defamation suit against Giuliani — filed in 2021 — which would immediately convict the attorney.
Should Howell decline their request, the former poll workers are asking her to subpoena all of Giuliani’s devices so that they can be properly searched.
This marks another legal setback for Giuliani, who is facing possible disbarment by the D.C. bar for “seriously undermining the administration of justice” while promoting election fraud conspiracies.
While Freeman and Moss have offered the court new evidence since filing the defamation suit against Giuliani, officials believe that more is needed before Howell can properly rule.
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