In a November 2020 phone call between Sen. Ted Cruz and Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, the Texas Republican said Donald Trump's allies needed "clear evidence" to back up claims of election fraud if they wanted to make their case. in court.
"They can't be, you know, 'Someone tweeted this.' There has to be verifiable information that can be presented with evidence, because that's what the court is going to look at, not just the allegations, but the facts current," he said in a recording of the call taken on Nov. 7, 2020. It's MSNBC.
Cruz added that he "hopes" that Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who is leading the legal effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election, "will be at the event tomorrow and have some of that information," adding: "I hope that the legal team provided that it will continue". Evidence is crucial to win in court.
Although no such evidence was provided, Cruz continued to try to block President Joe Biden's certification victory by promoting Trump's lie that the election was rigged.
The footage was shot by a former Fox News producer, who is suing the network. Abby Grossberg, who worked as a producer for Bartiromo and Tucker Carlson, was sued by the network for harassment, alleging she was pressured to give misleading testimony as part of Dominion Voting Systems' $1.6 billion defamation suit.
Recordings of off-air conversations between Fox hosts and their guests, as well as taped testimony in the lawsuit, led the network to reach a $787.5 million settlement agreement with Dominion. Fox News disputed the account.
Dominion has sued Fox News over its coverage of the 2020 election, alleging malicious and false claims that voting technology companies were part of a conspiracy to rig the Trump vote. Fox News admitted in a settlement statement that it had spread false allegations about Dominion.