Giuliani Says Trump Won’t Concede Election Amid Legal Challenges

November 8, 2020 Updated: November 8, 2020

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, said the president won’t concede the election amid a series of lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign.

Several news outlets have projected Joe Biden as the election winner while the former vice president’s campaign declared victory on Nov. 7.

“Obviously, he’s not going to concede when at least 600,000 ballots are in question,” Giuliani told reporters in Philadelphia on Nov. 7.

Giuliani alleged that ballots were tampered with in Pennsylvania, which appeared to give Biden an Electoral College win needed to take the White House. Trump was leading in the state on election night, but after counting apparently started again on Nov. 4, Biden appeared to cut into the president’s lead.

Giuliani said he has statements from 25 election watchers, and said 50 people had similar stories about possible fraud being committed.

“I could have brought about 50 with me,” Giuliani said, adding that “50 is too many,” alleging that some were afraid of retribution.

Trump’s team will file federal lawsuits alleging the “uniform deprivation of the right to inspect,” while asserting that the “Democratic machine in Philadelphia” was involved in tampering with the election in the city.

“Seems to me somebody from the Democratic National Committee sent out a note that said don’t let the Republicans look at those mail-in ballots,” Giuliani added.

Giuliani said that Trump’s disappearing lead after the Nov. 3 election is proof there is something amiss in the process.

“You just don’t lose leads like that without corruption,” Giuliani said.

There is “no evidence” that a county is “disobeying that clear guidance to segregate these votes, and the Republican Party offers only speculation that certain unidentified counties may ignore that repeated guidance or that the Secretary will inconsistently change course,” the state’s Office of Attorney General issued a statement on behalf of the state’s Democratic secretary of state, Kathy Boockvar.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who handles the high court’s emergency appeals for Pennsylvania, ordered the state’s county elections officials to keep mail-in ballots segregated if they arrived after 8 p.m. on Nov. 3.

On Nov. 7, in Arizona, another battleground state, Trump continued to cut into Biden’s lead. Biden has seen his lead dwindle to less than 20,000 votes on Nov. 8. If the margin between Biden and Trump ends up falling within 0.1 percent or less, an automatic recount will be triggered.

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, said elections officials there are working on counting the votes.

“I urge those gathering outside election offices to allow this important process to continue uninterrupted,” she said in a statement. “The people inside these offices, tabulating ballots and working on bipartisan election boards, are everyday Arizonans who have stepped up to serve our democracy. They must be allowed to finish their work without having to fear for their safety.”