Rudy Giuliani’s witness who claims he saw voting fraud is a convicted child sex offender
- The first witness Giuliani called at his press conference alleging voter fraud was a convicted child sex offender
- Daryl Brooks is a perennial candidate in New Jersey who also owes thousands in overdue child support payments
- Her served jail time after being convicted of exposing himself to two young girls
- Giuliani called him up as his first witness at presser at a landscaping company in Pennsylvania
- The stunning revelation comes as congressional Republicans hold off on declaring Joe Biden the winner and demand time for Trump’s fraud allegations to play out
The first witness Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani called at a weekend press conference claiming widespread election fraud is a convicted sex offender who served time after exposing himself to two young girls.
Although disturbing and awkward for Trump’s legal team, the disclosure that Giuliani’s witness was a convicted sex offender does not blow up his entire case: he claims he has dozens more who will testify.
Giuliani had also promised more legal cases would be lodged Monday although as of midday, none had so far been registered.
Daryl Brooks, who served as a poll watcher for Republicans and claims to be a Philadelphia resident, spoke at Giuliani’s Saturday presser at Four Seasons Total Landscaping.
‘We feel that it was not fair at all,’ he said, claiming he was not allowed to properly view ballots being counted. ‘It’s such a shame,’ he said.
Brooks served jail for a sex offense in 1998, after being accused of exposing himself to two girls, ages 7 and 11. He denied the charges, but served three years on charges of sexual assault, lewdness and endangering the welfare of a child.
Politico reported on Brooks’ past Monday, after Giuliani’s press conference had already drawn ridicule after President Trump mistakenly tweeted it would be held at the Four Seasons hotel downtown, then had to pull it back and reveal it was at a landscaping company that turned out to be located next to a sex shop and a crematorium.
Brooks was also thousands of dollars behind on child support payments, according to media reports.
Daryl Brooks, who was Rudy Giuliani’s first witness at a press conference alleging voter fraud in Pennsylvania, is a convicted child sex offender
The presser had already drawn mocking commentary on line after the president announced it would be at the luxurious Four Seasons hotel but it was instead at a parking lot outside Four Seasons Total Landscaping
Brooks served jail time after being convicted of exposing himself to two young girls
‘We will have as many witnesses as the court needs. Right now it could be as many as 90 witnesses. That’s called evidence,’ Giuliani said at the press conference.
He told Fox News on Sunday he had ’60 or 70 witnesses,’ but said in the same interview ‘There are upwards of 50 witnesses.’ He said some were afraid to reveal their identity for fear of reprisals.
The mayor of Trenton immediately recognized Brooks, also a perennial candidate who has run for the House and Senate, when viewing the event. ‘I started watching it and all of a sudden I was like, ‘there’s New Jersey’s perennial candidate claiming to live in Philadelphia and Giuliani claiming him to be a poll watcher and Philadelphia resident,” mayor Reed Gusciora tol Politico.
A Democratic official told the publication he believed Brooks got hired by Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016.
Brooks said at the presser that he lived in Philadelphia, ‘for about two years.’
‘I came out here to support our president,’ he said. ‘A lot of us were excited about the president winning a second term.’ He claimed election officials ‘would not allow us to see anything that was happening. We feel that it was not fair at all.’
Also present at the event were former Trump campaign manager Cory Lewandowski, an advisor to the campaign.
The revelations come amid a split among Trump’s advisors about whether he should relent or keep up his multi-pronged legal fight. Giuliani said the campaign may file as many as 10 lawsuits.
An 2008 article described Brooks turning himself into Mercer County, New Jersey sheriff’s department officials for owing $70,000 in child support.
Brooks’ Facebook page states that he moved to Philadelphia in June 2019.
One image on his page features a picture of Brooks wearing a yellow bandanna that says ‘F*** Tom Wolf,’ the Pennsylvania governor. Another says ‘F*** Phil Murphy,’ the Democratic governor of New Jersey.
STATE-BY-STATE: WHERE TRUMP IS SUING AND HOW IT’S GOING
BIDEN MAJORITY TRUMP NEEDS TO OVERTURN: 45,646
Several court battles are pending in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.
The Trump campaign is fighting Philadelphia election officials over vote counting in the city, which continued on Saturday.
A state court on Thursday granted the campaign closer access to the proceedings, a ruling that officials have appealed.
The City of Philadelphia Board of Elections has said its observation rules were needed for security reasons and to maintain social distancing protocols.
Trump’s campaign on Wednesday filed a motion to intervene in a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court challenging a decision from the state’s highest court that allowed election officials to count mail-in ballots postmarked by Tuesday’s Election Day that were delivered through Friday.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Friday night ordered county election boards in the state to separate mail-in ballots received after 8 p.m. EST on Election Day.
Pennsylvania election officials have said those ballots were already being separated.
The justices previously ruled there was not enough time to decide the merits of the case before Election Day but indicated they might revisit it afterwards.
Alito, joined by fellow conservative Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch, said in a written opinion that there was a ‘strong likelihood’ the Pennsylvania court’s decision violated the U.S. Constitution.
Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar has said late-arriving ballots are a tiny proportion of the overall vote in the state.
Rudy Giuliani unveiled a ‘witness’ to his claims – a Republican poll watcher – on Saturday but the man, Daryl Brooks, has not been included in any legal papers. He was previously convicted of exposing himself to underage girls.
BIDEN MAJORITY TRUMP NEEDS TO OVERTURN: 16,985
Trump’s campaign said on Saturday it had sued in Arizona, alleging that the state’s most populous county incorrectly rejected votes cast on Election Day by some voters.
The lawsuit, filed in state Superior Court in Maricopa County, said poll workers told some voters to press a button after a machine had detected an ‘overvote.’
The campaign said that decision disregarded voters’ choices in those races, and the lawsuit suggested those votes could prove ‘determinative’ in the outcome of the presidential race.
It is a modification of an earlier suit which was submitted and then withdrawn claiming that Trump voters were given sharpies to mark their ballots and claiming this made them more prone to error. The ‘sharpie-gate’ claims have n basis in fact, Arizona’s secretary of state says.
BIDEN MAJORITY TRUMP NEEDS TO OVERTURN: 36,186
A voter, a member of the media and two candidate campaigns sued Nevada’s secretary of state and other officials to prevent the use of a signature-verification system in populous Clark County and to provide public access to vote counting.
A federal judge rejected the request on Friday, saying there was no evidence the county was doing anything unlawful.
No new suits have been lodged so far.
Trump campaign officials have also claimed evidence that non-residents have voted but have not sued.
BIDEN MAJORITY TRUMP NEEDS TO OVERTURN: 10.620
The Trump campaign on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in state court in Chatham County that alleged late-arriving ballots were improperly mingled with valid ballots, and asked a judge to order late-arriving ballots be separated and not be counted.
The case was dismissed on Thursday. No new suits have been filed. The state is going to a recount.
BIDEN MAJORITY TRUMP NEEDS TO OVERTURN: 146,123
Trump’s campaign on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in Michigan to halt the vote count in the state. The lawsuit alleged that campaign poll watchers were denied ‘meaningful access’ to counting of ballots, plus access to surveillance video footage of ballot drop boxes.
On Thursday, Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens dismissed the case, saying there was no legal basis or evidence to halt the vote and grant requests.
No new suit has been filed.
U.S. POSTAL SERVICE
The U.S. Postal Service said about 1,700 ballots had been identified in Pennsylvania at processing facilities during two sweeps on Thursday and were being delivered to election officials, according to a court filing early Friday.
The Postal Service said 1,076 ballots, had been found at its Philadelphia Processing and Distribution Center. About 300 were found at the Pittsburgh processing center, 266 at a Lehigh Valley facility and others at other Pennsylvania processing centers.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington is overseeing a lawsuit by Vote Forward, the NAACP, and Latino community advocates.
Sullivan on Thursday ordered twice-daily sweeps at Postal Service facilities serving states with extended ballot receipt deadlines.
The judge plans to hold a status conference on Monday.
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