Rudy Giuliani has denied the claim that he was intoxicated on election night 2020, claiming to be “disgusted and outraged” at the accusations.
“I am disgusted and outraged at the outright lie by Jason Miller and Bill Steppien [sic]. I was upset that they were not prepared for the massive cheating (as well as other lawyers around the President) I REFUSED all alcohol that evening. My favorite drink…Diet Pepsi,” the former New York Mayor wrote in a now-deleted tweet — captured by RTM before it was deleted — which misspelled Stepien’s last name.
“Is the false testimony from Miller and Steppien because I yelled at them? Are they being paid to lie?” Giuliani asked in a follow-up tweet, which was also later deleted.
The accusations came Monday at the House select committee’s investigation into the January 6 capitol incident when Miller, a former Trump campaign strategist, claimed that Giuliani was intoxicated on election night 2020, a claim that was corroborated by Stepien.
“The mayor was definitely intoxicated, but I do not know his level of intoxication when he spoke with the president, for example,” Miller said in his testimony.
Miller claimed that Giuliani urged Trump to declare victory the night of the election in spite of others in his inner circle advising otherwise. Giuliani was reportedly claiming the possibility of election fraud, particularly with stolen ballots and rigged voting machines.
“Millions and millions of people voted for us tonight. And a very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people, and we won’t stand for it,” Trump said the night of the election.
“This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election. So our goal now is to ensure the integrity.”
Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, was one of the inner circle members recommending that Trump avoid commenting on theories being posited by Giuliani. In his testimony, Kushner said that he remembered telling former President Trump that Giuliani’s advice was “not the approach [he] would take” to which Trump responded, “I have confidence in Rudy.”
Hours after the tweet was posted, both “Rudy Giuliani” and “Diet Pepsi” were trending on Twitter.
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