Republic reported on Sunday that Rudy Giuliani
called an Arizona county official after the presidential election last year to discuss "fixing up" challenges to Joe Biden
Giuliani introduced himself as then-President Donald Trump
's attorney during a Christmas Eve phone call to Maricopa County
Supervisor Bill Gates
“Bill, it’s Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s lawyer,” Giuliani said in a message left on Gates’ phone and obtained by the newspaper. “If you get a chance, would you please give me a call? I have a few things I’d like to talk over with you. Maybe we can get this thing fixed up. You know, I really think it’s a shame that Republicans
are both in this situation.
At the time, Trump's loss in Maricopa County was being challenged in the state Senate
Giuliani's reference to resolving "this for everybody" could have referred to a push for a Trump victory. Earlier this month, Trump told Mar-a-Lago
guests that he "wouldn't be surprised" if "thousands and thousands and thousands of votes
" were discovered for him during the current Maricopa County recount
According to Gates, he did not return Giuliani's call.
“We don’t do what’s easy; we do what’s right,” Gates explained.
Even after the vote for Biden was confirmed, Trump called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger
(R) in early January and told him to "find" enough votes to give his campaign a victory in that state; the call, which was also recorded, prompted an investigation
into possible illegal election tampering by Fulton County District Attorney
Gates is one of four Republicans on Maricopa County's five-member Board of Supervisors, which is the site of a contentious recount overseen by a Trump-supporting, right-wing conspiracy theorist. One of the auditors is a former state legislator who attended the U.S. Capitol riot
and whose name appears on the ballots he's scrutinizing as a failed candidate and elector for a Republican candidate.
Gates, a lifelong Republican, wrote in an op-ed in the Republic earlier this month that he fears his party is being hijacked by “conspiracy enablers whose primary goal is to promote the ‘Big Lie
’ about the 2020 election
“If we continue to encourage this madness, we will lose credibility with the majority of Americans on issues where I believe we have better ideas, and we will do long-term harm to our republic,” Gates wrote.
Giuliani was unable to be reached for comment immediately.