At a sprawling press conference Thursday, Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump's personal attorney, mixed misleading statements, wild conspiracy theories and downright inventions as he tried to suggest that Mr. Trump still had a viable path to election victory.
Repeatedly, Mr. Giuliani and other members of the President's legal team suggested that Mr. Trump had evidence that "massive fraud" had been committed in swing states across the country. But Mr. Giuliani himself had undermined that allegation in a high profile case, telling the federal judge overseeing a lawsuit in Pennsylvania, "This is not a fraud case."
Speaking at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, Mr Giuliani claimed that if only he could spend his day in front of a judge, Mr Trump would win the election.
"Give us a chance to prove it in court and we will," he said.
The problem? In many of the cases Mr Giuliani mentioned, the Trump campaign already had its chance in court – and failed.
For example, Mr. Giuliani quoted a Detroit polling officer named Jessy Jacob who made an affidavit in the Costantino v City of Detroit case. Ms. Jacob claimed that she saw poll workers in Detroit, a highly democratic city, encouraging voters to cast their ballots for Joseph R. Biden Jr. and not being directed by their superiors while working at a "satellite site" ask for voter ID.
However, on Friday that case was dismissed by a Michigan judge Timothy M. Kenny, who said that some of the charges contained therein were "full of speculation and guesswork." Judge Kenny specifically responded to Ms. Jacob's allegations, saying they were "generalized" alleging "conduct with no date, location, frequency or name of employees".
Mr. Giuliani also cited an affidavit from Melissa Carone, a contractor for Dominion Voting Systems, claiming that trucks carrying groceries were instead bringing "thousands and thousands of ballots" to Detroit. But Judge Kenny had also denied that story, saying that Ms. Carone's description of what happened at a Detroit polling center "does not match any of the other affidavits" and that her "allegations are simply not credible."
Regarding other cases brought up through the Trump campaign, Mr Giuliani still made vague allegations and did not provide any evidence to support them. He alleged that he had more than 100 affidavits alleging electoral errors in a federal lawsuit filed by Donald J. Trump on behalf of President Inc. against Benson in Michigan. However, the campaign's lawyers voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit just hours before Mr Giuliani held his press conference.
Mr Giuliani went on to say the Trump campaign had affidavits showing that nearly 700,000 postal ballots were infected in Pennsylvania. However, no such affidavits were tabled in the Pennsylvania federal lawsuit seeking to stop the confirmation of the vote there. In addition, Mr Giuliani never mentioned the affidavits when he appeared in person at a hearing on the case on Tuesday afternoon.
Mr. Giuliani also claimed that President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. admitted, a few days before the election, that they had "the best electoral fraud team in the world". This was an indication of a deceptively edited video that spread on social media. In his original remarks, Mr Biden referred to efforts to protect against electoral fraud.
Sidney Powell, another of Mr. Trump's lawyers, warned baselessly about the "massive influence of communist money from Venezuela, Cuba and probably China and the interference in our elections here in the United States". She claimed that the tabulation software from Dominion and Smartmatic, two voting machine companies, was "made by Hugo Chavez".
Ms. Powell cited a partially edited affidavit by an unnamed former military official in Venezuela accusing Smartmatic of helping to rig the elections in that country. But Smartmatic did not provide technology to a battlefield state in this year's US presidential election, nor did it sell software or hardware to Dominion, which is a competitor. Electronic voting security experts told the New York Times that the affidavit contained no evidence of a rigged election in the United States.
Software made by Dominion has been used to count votes in several swing states and the company has been a target of misinformation from Mr. Trump's allies, but there is no evidence that the software incorrectly changed the number of votes.
Ms. Powell also falsely claimed that a British baron named Mark Malloch-Brown was one of the "leaders of the Dominion Project" and that billionaire George Soros was "No. 2 People" in the UK Chairman of the Open Society Foundations of Mr. Soros Mr. Soros has been the target of numerous right-wing conspiracy theories, some with anti-Semitic overtones.
The Trump campaign has not yet included Dominion machine allegations in any of the more than 30 lawsuits that would require the allegations to be proven in front of a judge.
Shortly after Mr. Giuliani's press conference, which was broadcast live on Fox News, Republican strategist Karl Rove appeared on the channel and said that Mr. Giuliani should prove his "strange" allegations in court or "withdraw" them immediately.