Former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne, who unexpectedly ended up playing a part in the election overturn effort in the last days of Donald Trump‘s presidency, claims in a lengthy blog entry that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani was regularly ‘s***-faced’ while coordinating the legal effort.
Byrne, who was spotted at the White House and featured in angry White House clashes over strategy, says Giuliani had imbibed heavily hours before his infamous Republican National Committee press conference where what appeared to by hair dye was pouring down the side of his face.
‘Almost every evening, and many early afternoons, Rudy was s***-faced,’ Byrne wrote on his ‘deep capture’ blog, although he attributed the alleged information to others.
He described getting a call from Giuliani to share his own writings on alleged voter fraud hours before the infamous press conference where Giuliani and lawyer Sidney Powell described an elaborate scheme of vote fraud.
He says he waited 45 minutes at a Georgetown restaurant, and delivered the paper but didn’t see Giuliani.
‘Later, people in that room told me what happened when my paper arrived. First, in the 90 minutes between 11:30 PM and 1 AM, Mayor Giuliani imbibed three triple Scotches on ice. Those relating this story could not vouch for what he had drunk before 11:30,’ he said.
Former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne claims Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani had multiple cocktails the night before taking part in an infamous press conference where what appeared to be hair dye ran down his face. However, Byrne wasn’t there, citing ‘people in the room’
Former Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne ended up playing a role in last-ditch efforts to try to overturn the election results held inside the White House
Giuliani appeared with lawyer Sidney Powell, who sketched out a conspiracy involving Venezuela, China, Cuba and voting machines and technology
In Byrne’s telling, he himself had produced a pure ‘distillate’ of various voter fraud information and claims that he wanted to get before Giuliani and other lawyers heading Trump’s election overturn effort.
He reportedly clashed with Giuliani and White House lawyers when he showed up at the White House before the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
He took part in one meeting Axios dubbed the ‘craziest’ of the entire Trump presidency. He told Trump White House lawyers who had advised he had run out of options were selling him short. ‘They’ve already abandoned you,’ he said.
The article has one source describing Giuliani as the ‘voice of reason’ inside the meeting as Powell, former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn, and others spun conspiracy theories about the election.
On his blog, Byrne made other assertions about Giuliani’s alleged drinking, attributing information to ‘colleagues.’
‘Over the next month and a half, a number of my colleagues interacted with Rudy from time to time, afternoons and evenings, and weekends.
‘Nearly all mentioned two things: the inordinate amount of attention he was paying to his daily podcast, and his drinking. His own staffers were bringing it up to us. Something was clear to all who were around him: almost every evening, and many early afternoons, Rudy was s***-faced. That, and his podcasts, were the only guarantees in Rudy’s life.’
DailyMail.com reached out to a Giuliani spokeswoman for comment.
Many of those who helped steer Trump’s effort in the final weeks are running into personal difficulties, with several recounted by the DailyBeast.
Powell and Giuliani named in a massive $2.7 billion lawsuit by the Smartmatic vote services company that also names Fox News.
Trump loyalist Lin Wood could face a probe for voting outside of his domicile even while inveighing against election fraud
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, arrives for a New Year’s Eve party hosted by President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago property, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Palm Beach, Fla.
MyPillow exec Mike Lindell, who also showed up at the White House, holding a document that mentioned martial law, could be the next figure to get slapped with a suit. Like Trump, he has been kicked off Twitter.
Trump loyalist Lin Wood, who earned retweets from the president while forwarding baseless claims of a stolen election, is reportedly under investigation for voting in Georgia – the site of Trump’s furious fraud claim – while writing in an email that he lived in South Carolina.
The state bar in Georgia is evaluating his law license and wants to conduct a mental evaluation.
Byrne also blasted the effort Giuliani was overseeing as Trump’s lawyer. Trump and his allies ultimately would lose dozens of suits before the Capitol riot during the Jan. 6 electoral count.