President Trump’s legal team attended a hearing before a joint Pennsylvania state House and Senate committee right before the Thanksgiving holiday. A lot of Republican commentators expressed dismay over this. Even though it was a great hearing, they said, it was just informational. “It didn’t accomplish anything, and woe is me!” Not so fast.
I’m pretty sure that Rudy Giuliani, the guy who sent the heads of the New York Mafia’s “Five Families” to prison for life back in the 1980s, knows what he’s doing. Plus, there’s big news coming out of the Pennsylvania legislature now as a direct result of Giuliani’s hearing.
I understand that everyone is impatient about these legal cases. Everyone wants something to happen and they want it to happen right now. Even though it feels like it’s taking “forever,” it takes time to properly build, compile, write and file a legal case. That’s part of why “Team Trump” has split itself up in different areas.
Richard Grenell is leading one group in Nevada. Sidney Powell is doing her thing in Georgia and Michigan. The Trump campaign team is in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. And so on. Giuliani’s “pointless” informational hearing in Pennsylvania was part of the strategy.
Giuliani’s PA hearing was not aimed at you or me or the voters in general. It wasn’t aimed at the Pennsylvania legislature. We all know that fraud took place. Good grief, only 3% of Trump voters believe that fraud did not take place in this election. Giuliani’s hearing was aimed at an audience of ONE PERSON. And that one person is the District Court Judge who will eventually be the first to hear his case.
That judge may or may not be a partisan hack. We won’t know until we learn who has been assigned the case. But what Giuliani has done is try the case in the court of public opinion beforehand. And Giuliani won that case.
One of the most remarkable moments in Giuliani’s “pointless” hearing came when a fraud analyst testified. He explained the various vote “spikes” that happened in favor of Joe Biden – the large dumps of miracle Biden ballots that appeared out of nowhere in the middle of the night. Approximately 570,000 votes for Joe Biden came in overnight.
Giuliani: “And how many for Trump?”
Witness: “About 3,200.”
The entire audience in the hearing room erupted in laughter at the absurdity of those figures. This is prima facie evidence of election fraud. No sane adult can look at those numbers and not laugh out loud.
The District Court Judge who eventually hears this case will not be able to shrug that off. He or she will have to realize that this will be one of the most heavily scrutinized election law cases in American history over the next ten years or so. Even if the judge is some Obama-appointed partisan hack, they’re going to have to stick to a strictly constitutional interpretation of the law. All of this works in Rudy Giuliani’s favor. He knows what he’s doing.
So, put aside all of the naysaying about this hearing. It’s part of a broader strategy and proves the seriousness of the fight to Trump’s legal team. They’re not a bunch of ambulance chasers in this for a quick payday. They’re in this to win.
Furthermore, it turns out that this was not a pointless or ineffectual hearing when it comes to the Pennsylvania legislature. After the hearing, talk in the Republican-led House and Senate in Pennsylvania has turned directly back to the Constitution. The Republicans there are now fashioning a Resolution (which won’t require Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature) that wrests constitutional power back from the PA Secretary of State on seating Electors.
Back in 1938, the Pennsylvania state legislature ceded its constitutional authority to seat electors to the Secretary of State – a partisan appointee of the Governor. If the Republican legislature reclaims its authority – as it seems to have every constitutional authority to do – they could seat Trump Electors in time to send them to the Electoral College.
In other words, the Republican legislature in Pennsylvania is convinced that their Governor and Secretary of State did not hold a free and fair election in 2020. With proven fraud right in front of them, they have a duty to step in and offer a remedy for Pennsylvania voters. That would suddenly shift 20 Electoral College votes from Joe Biden’s total to Donald Trump. Still think Rudy’s hearing was “pointless?”