- Rudy Giuliani last November told the RNC chief counsel to resign, according to a new book by Michael Wolff.
- Giuliani was upset at what he perceived to be Riemer’s questioning of Trump’s electoral fraud claims.
- An RNC spokesperson told Insider the story in Wolff’s book was “simply false.”
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Last November, Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis received an email that forwarded a note from Republican National Committee (RNC) chief counsel Justin Riemer, with the GOP official questioning the former president’s election claims, according to a forthcoming book by Michael Wolff.
In the note, Riemer reportedly wrote to his RNC colleagues asking why they were backing Trump’s unfounded claims of election fraud, while also expressing that the organization raised more cash battling Democrats than challenging election results.
Ellis, who was having dinner with Rudy Giuliani and former New York City police commissioner Bernie Kerik, passed her phone around for everyone to view the message, which reportedly left them “stunned.”
According to the assembled group, it was just one more example of Trump having to fight the GOP establishment, which Wolff details in “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency,” an early copy of which was obtained by Insider.
Giuliani, who was Trump’s personal lawyer at the time, was incensed by Riemer’s email, according to the book.
“Can you f–king believe this,” he said. “They are backdooring us … doing everything in their power not to help us.”
Kerik reportedly said that the note was akin to saying “f— Trump” and “f— Giuliani.”
Wolff goes on to describe how Giuliani angrily called Riemer and threatened his job at the RNC.
“The mayor, sitting in the restaurant but in full battle mode (and with a few drinks in him), damn well got Riemer himself on the phone: ‘Who the f— do you you think you are? How can you be going against the president? … You need to resign and resign tonight … because you are going to get fired,'” the book said.
Giuliani then reportedly called RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel to ensure that the personnel change was carried out.
However, Riemer continues to serve as the chief counsel at the RNC.
An RNC spokesperson denied Wolff’s reporting in a statement to Insider after this story was published.
“As is typical with most things Michael Wolff writes, this story is simply false,” the statement said. “The RNC legal team fought tooth and nail on election integrity efforts for the entirety of 2020, and that continues today.”