Former Trump advisers testify they urged him not to declare victory on election night
Video clips from depositions with top Trump campaign staff, including Bill Stepien, Jason Miller and Ivanka Trump, illustrated how many of the former president’s advisers argued against declaring victory on election night.
In one clip, Miller, a senior adviser to the campaign, described Rudy Giuliani as “definitely intoxicated.” Panel vice chair Rep. Liz Cheney said he was “apparently inebriated.”
Rudy Giuliani, Miller said, wanted to speak to the president on election night, telling Miller that he wanted Trump to say that “We won. They’re stealing it from us.”
In video testimony, Bill Stepien, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, said he advised against taking the course that Giuliani was suggesting.
“It was far too early to be making any calls like that, ballots were still being counted,” Stepien said. “Ballots were still being counted. Ballots were still going to be counted for days.”
In another video clip, Ivanka Trump stated that she didn’t have a “firm view as to what he should say.”
“The results were still being counted. It was becoming clear that the rates would not be called on election night,” she said.
In remarks delivered on election night, Trump called the election a “fraud” and then continued to push baseless claims that he had won. “We were getting ready to win this election,” he said. “Frankly, we did win this election.”