Giuliani claims ‘Chavez approved’ Venezuelan election technology was used to rig election

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Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani speaks during a press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC, on November 19, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) (AFP via Getty Images)
Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani speaks during a press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC, on November 19, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) (AFP via Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s election fraud lawyers – who describe themselves as an “elite strike force team” – have alleged that the vote was hacked and ballots switched from the president to Joe Biden, thanks to technology developed in Venezuela.

Rudy Giuliani, Mr Trump’s personal lawyer, leading the team, said that the election had been rigged by “a company owned by affiliates of Chavez and Maduro”.

They were angered by the use of Dominion, a Canadian company, which uses technology from a Venezuelan firm, Smartmatic.

“You couldn’t possibly believe that the company owning this election machinery was an ally of Hugo Chavez, is an ally of Nicolas Maduro, and an ally of George Soros. What do we have to do to get you to the truth?” said Mr Giuliani.

“This is real. It is not made up. There is no one here who engages in fantasy. I know crimes – I can smell them.”

He said the votes in Michigan were “being counted in Germany, by a Venezuelan company. Owned by people who are allies of Maduro, and Chavez.”

Thousands of social media users have been sharing posts which claim that software from Dominion Voting Systems, a company that supplies election technology, is used in the same six states where Mr Trump is filing lawsuits in connection with the presidential election, suggesting that Dominion Voting is responsible for election fraud.

Dominion Voting systems were used in at least 24 states.

Mr Giuliani’s colleague Sidney Powell, the lawyer who pioneered the theory of a “deep state” of Obama-era officials set to thwart Mr Trump, insisted that Hugo Chavez, who died in March 2013, had approved Smartmatic’s systems.

“We have evidence that this came from Venezuela, from Nicolas Maduro, from Hugo Chavez, from Cuba, and from China which has significant interests in Venezuela.”

She added: “We have no idea how many Democratic officials paid to have the election rigged in their favour. This is a massive, well-coordinated effort. It is the 1775 of our generation and beyond.”

Ms Powell said that Dominion workers went overnight to closed polling stations to tamper with ballots.

"There should never be another election - I don’t care even for dog catcher - in this country using machines by Dominion and Smartmatic," she said.

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