Giuliani's Fact-Finding and Trump's Press Conference
A breakdown of Giuliani's role in Trump's post-election fight

Giuliani’s Fact-Finding and Trump’s Press Conference

Many of their specific demands have already been rejected by federal election security experts and election officials across the country.

Here are some of the top claims made during the summary of the news and the facts around them.

Giuliani said the Trump campaign withdrew half of the lawsuits in Michigan because its goal was for the Wayne County Commission to make a decision, and they did.

First facts: This is incorrect. The county’s results were confirmed Tuesday night.

Both Republican lawmakers initially resigned but later rejected their decision and voted in favor Tuesday night. They have since submitted a unanimous vote to cancel their vote but have not filed any lawsuits to try to force the county to convene. From the time the deadline has passed, the certificate remains.

Democrat Vice President Jonathan Kinloch said Thursday that the vote of the House of Representatives cannot be changed after the fact.

– Tara Subramaniam and Annie Grayer

‘Overvotes’ in Michigan

Giuliani claims that “one of the reasons the Democratic Republic was not validated in Wayne, Michigan, was because of the overwhelming vote.” “What I am telling you is a huge fraud,” he said.

First facts: This is incorrect.

What Giuliani calls over-voting is often referred to as the imbalance in the number of unregistered ballots, which is not the same as the number of registered voters at a particular polling station.

The recent Michigan election with a larger imbalance was passed without issue, including in 2016 when Trump won the state, according to the Michigan Secretary of State.

The Michigan State Department said: “They adopted the 2016 vote with 80% of Detroit’s unbalanced resort area. And today, as many as 42% are unbalanced and unverified,” said Jocelyn Benson.

Mr Benson told CNN that it was normal for the area to be unbalanced, but “it does not indicate that it was bad,” adding that it was an accounting issue, a related issue.

There are a number of reasons why constituencies can be unbalanced and there is a discrepancy between the number of ballots cast and the number of people registered to vote, according to Chris Chris, a senior adviser to Detroit City Hall staff. Thomas, who has created a career for decades serving both the Minister of the Republic and the Democrats, told CNN that in general, through his many years of experience, the imbalance should be seen as a writer’s mistake and not a fraud.

– Tara Subramaniam and Annie Grayer


Giuliani claimed that more than 600,000 ballots in Pennsylvania “had not been checked for any invalid ballots.”

First facts: This is incorrect. There was nothing wrong with those polls.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court of Justice has ruled that the Philadelphia Electoral Commission complies with the law in a way that allows observers access to the persuasion process.

The law allows observers to appear, the judge wrote, but they have no right to inspect or overlook the workers’ counting. The judge ruled that wall keepers in Philadelphia could not challenge the ballot and did not have to check each signature.

– Tara Subramaniam

Mailing card

Giuliani falsely claimed that e-mail voting was “often fraudulent.”

First facts: Electoral experts are available Tell Time and time again, CNN is emphasizing that the ballot form is a secure voting form and not widespread fraud.

– Holmes Lybrand

Justice Alito and Pennsylvania

At one point, Giuliani claimed that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito had intervened in Pennsylvania and told the state that “any vote that comes after 8pm on November 3, 2020 must be postponed and not open.”

First facts: It would be wrong for Giuliani to call on Alito to order the counties not to hold ballots received after 8pm on election day. Instead, Alito Directed The county election commission to follow the instructions issued by the Pennsylvania’s foreign minister, which called for the November 4-6 election to be held, and to keep them separate even if they are counted.

On November 6, the Republican Party of Pennsylvania called on the U.S. Supreme Court to order Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar to “sign, divide, and otherwise take any action related to any election that comes after election day.”

Alito says he will file a petition in court. The Court of Justice has not yet ruled on Republican claims that “no action was taken” in the vote.

Alito, who has jurisdiction in the Pennsylvania region, issued a decree Nov. 6 directing that “all district election commissions” be ordered to “follow” the instructions issued by the minister, which is the basis for maintaining the status quo.

– Ariane deVogue and Tara Subramaniam

Inconsistent data 71%

Ellis, a senior legal adviser for the Trump campaign, claimed that Wayne County, Michigan did not endorse its results “because 71% of counties had inconsistent data.”

First facts: This is a misunderstanding.

While Ellis did not specify how she described the inconsistent data, it may be that she was referring to an unbalanced area, where the number of registered voters did not match the number of ballots cast.

According to the Michigan Department of State, 71% of absentee ballot counties in Detroit, which is part of Wayne County, are unbalanced. However, the number of unbalanced counties in the district is much lower. Including self-voting, 42% of all constituencies in Detroit are unbalanced.

The imbalance is part of the reason two Wayne County Board of Canvassers Republicans have temporarily blocked the city’s results. The results were finally confirmed after an agreement stipulated in the section that the Michigan Secretary of State would be required to conduct a thorough investigation into the unbalanced Special Area in Detroit.

The error of the case as a result of these imbalances does not stop the confirmation of the previous certification in the county. In early August, Wayne County confirmed its results when 72% of Detroit’s inexperienced counters and 46% of all counties in the county did not reconcile.

For this election, the Canvassers Wayne County Board of Governors has not officially released its final report, which will include any areas in the county imbalance.

– Tara Subramaniam and Annie Grayer

Dominion and Venezuela voting system

Powell claims that the widely used voting machine from election technology company Dominion Voting Systems has a program “created in the direction” of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to manipulate his own election results, and that the company is affiliated with the Clinton and Soros Foundation.

Facts before: None of this is true. Dominion has no corporate affiliation with Venezuela, the Clinton Foundation or the Soros.

Powell and other Trump allies have tried to throw Dominion, which sells electoral technology used in more than 20,000 states, to another voter company, Smartmatic. During the 2020 election, Smartmatic technology was used only in Los Angeles County, and not in any other country, a company spokesman told CNN.

Smartmatic was founded in Florida by two Venezuelans, and provided electoral technology to the Venezuelan government. Powell posted on social media an accusation from an anonymous Venezuelan official claiming that Smartmatic software was used to change the country’s vote. But those claims are baseless and there is no reason to believe that the company’s software program was created to make sure Chavez “never lost an election,” as Powell claims. company Really To accuse the Venezuelan government of rigging the 2017 election.

The bigger problem with this claim is that there is no evidence that the Dominion engine used Smartmatic software, as Powell suggested – and therefore the zero link between Venezuela and the companies with the voting machines used in Trump State is focused. Dominion and Smartmatic both said they were unrelated competitors to the organization.

The origins of the claims linked to the companies appear to be corporate transfers: In 2005, Smartmatic acquired a company called Sequoia Voting Systems, but Sell ​​it In 2007, after questions from lawmakers about the acquisition by a Venezuelan-linked company. Three years later, Dominion, which was founded as a Canadian company but is now largely owned by Americans, bought Sequoia. In addition, the Dominion engine was Smartmatic licensed for use in the Philippines in 2009, but the contract ended in a lawsuit, Dominion Said in his statement.
Neither Dominion nor Smartmatic have any corporate ties with Clintons or Soros, the major Democrats. While the Dominion has agreed to donate its technology to “Outstanding Democracy” as part of a program run by the Clinton Foundation in 2014, according to Foundation WebsiteDominion said in a statement that it had no “corporate ownership relationship” on the basis. And while the chairman of the board of directors of Smartmatic’s parent company is still on a founding board run by Soros, the Open Society Foundations, Soros himself is not a member of either company.

-Casey Tolan

Dominion and Algorithms

In the most outdated statement of the press conference, Powell also said that the software used by Dominion “could identify and run algorithms that could run across the country to get a percentage of the votes from President Trump and give them to President Biden.”

Facts before: There is absolutely no evidence that this happened. Federal officials say there was no widespread fraud during the election, and most states use verifiable ballots to double-check the ballots.

Experts say those ideas do not overshadow the truth. Remarkably, states can review and recount the ballot, which can use all of the votes. And federal, state, local and private elected officials called the 2020 election the safest in U.S. history last week.

While some isolated issues were reported with Dominion technology on election day and election night, there were no credible reports of any problems with the company’s machinery affecting the vote count.
To accuse the possibility of hacking, Powell appeared to cite research by University of Princeton professor Andrew Appel, who warned of potential vulnerabilities in the polls from Dominion and other companies and have Show The potential exists to hack those machines. But Mr Appel argued this month that the election results could be trusted because the ballot paper manipulated the vote count.
“Accidents are not the same as elected elections, especially when we have ballots in almost all states,” he said. Write on his blog Last week. “Most of the United States uses a single ballot now, and that is how we can trust the election results, despite some computer flaws.”

– Casey Tolan

This story has been updated.