Rudy Giuliani, a longtime ally to ex-President Donald Trump, isn’t enthusiastic about the direction the House committee investigating the Capitol riot has recently taken. On Monday, during a discussion with fellow Trump goon Steve Bannon, Giuliani angrily ranted about the committee’s actions — and presented laughably bonkers conspiracy theories about what really happened at the Capitol.
Giuliani alleged that Antifa — a loosely organized left-wing protest and activism movement that’s a favorite boogeyman of the Right — was somehow involved in the death in tandem with the riot of mob member Ashli Babbitt, who was actually shot by a U.S. Capitol Police officer as she attempted to climb through a broken glass door near the House chamber, where about 60 to 80 Representatives alongside an array of other individuals were sheltering amid the rampage. There’s no evidence in the real-world — or anywhere reasonably close to it — of Antifa involvement in Babbitt’s death or any kind of Antifa-tied driving force behind the Capitol riot itself. Giuliani claimed as follows, in reference to the committee:
‘They have no case. This is a follow-up to Russian collusion, Ukrainian conversation. Millions of hours they’ve spent trying to find a crime on Donald Trump and can’t do it. They started this frame about five years ago. It’s the same cast of characters. I mean, Bennie Thompson and shifty Schiff… The completely hysterical Liz Cheney, who’s gone off her deep end. The hearing they had the other day brought us nothing new, and it ignored the key facts. How about the death of Ashli Babbitt? How about tell me the number of Antifa members in that riot.’
Giuliani also said he previously provided the FBI with supposed “unequivocal evidence” that one of the “main break-ins” at the Capitol was organized by Antifa — then he raised the false claim that Antifa was also involved in Babbitt’s death connected to the Capitol riot. Considering Giuliani’s track record with supposed claims of solid evidence for various allegations of serious misconduct, whatever he gave the FBI — if he, in fact, provided them with anything at all — was probably gibberish. Check out Giuliani’s petulant meltdown below:
Rudy Giuliani is lashing out at today's Jan. 6 hearing by calling Liz Cheney "completely hysterical" and "off her deep end." And he is also pushing the baseless conspiracy theory that Antifa killed Ashli Babbitt. pic.twitter.com/NmpU0QzJQK
— David Edwards (@DavidEdwards) June 13, 2022
Giuliani was a subject of part of the committee’s Monday proceedings. “You will also hear testimony that President Trump rejected the advice of his campaign experts on Election Night and instead followed the course recommended by an apparently inebriated Rudy Giuliani to just claim he won and insist that the vote-counting stop, to falsely claim everything was fraudulent,” Cheney, the riot panel’s vice chair, said as Monday proceedings started. Evidence later presented for Giuliani’s apparent Election Night inebriation came in the form of clips of past testimony from Trump allies Jason Miller and Bill Stepien, the latter of whom was a campaign manager for the Trump 2020 operation and was originally set to testify during the Monday hearing but had a reported family emergency that meant he couldn’t make it. The drunkenness helps highlight exactly how ridiculous the whole thing really was — there was no careful consideration of the evidence before Trump declared himself the winner. Trump’s declarations reflected the ramblings of a drunk conspiracy theorist.