Trump’s campaign team advised him not to declare victory on election night

Former Trump campaign insiders told the House Jan. 6 committee on Monday that it was “far too early” for then-President Donald Trump to declare victory on election night in 2020. on his Democratic rival Joe Biden.

In videotaped depositions revealed Monday, campaign spokesman Jason Miller said the president was asked to declare victory by attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani, who Miller said was in a state of drunk at the time.

“There were suggestions by, I believe it was Mayor Giuliani, to go and declare victory and say we won outright,” Miller said.

Trump campaign manager William Stepien. told the committee that he recommended the president wait for more votes to be counted before declaring victory.

“It was way too early to make calls like that,” Mr. Stepien told the panel in a separate deposition given Monday. “The ballots were still counted. The ballots would still be counted for days.

Mr Stepien said Mr Trump disagreed with his recommendation to delay victory.

“He thought I was wrong,” Mr Stepien said. “He told me, and that he was going to go in another direction.”

Monday’s high-profile hearing focuses on Mr Trump’s claims that the election was stolen.

Former Fox News editor Chris Stirewalt has testified about his decision to call Arizona for President Biden – a move that touched a nerve for the former president and his team.

Mr. Stepien was scheduled to appear in person, but was absent because his wife was in labor for the duration of the hearing.

Video clips of Mr. Stepien’s taped testimony were shown instead.

The committee hearing is the first of several this week and next week, as the Democratic-led panel releases its findings in its investigation into the 2021 Capitol riot.

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