Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who is leading President Donald Trump’s legal push to challenge the election results, has tested positive for the coronavirus, Trump announced via Twitter on Sunday.
Giuliani, 76, has been traveling across the country in recent weeks, arguing on behalf of the president in courtrooms and state legislative hearings.
The positive diagnosis will sideline Trump’s lawyer ahead of some important dates for the president’s legal team — Tuesday, when all legal challenges and recounts must be resolved, and Dec. 14, when members of the Electoral College meet and begin casting votes.
In mid-November, Giuliani argued before a judge in Pennsylvania, and near the end of the month he held a meeting in Arizona with local lawmakers regarding the election results.
Giuliani also participated in a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington on Nov. 19 — one day before his son, Andrew Giuliani, who is a special assistant to Trump, announced his own positive diagnosis.
Last week, Giuliani testified in front of Michigan state legislators maskless — and asked a witness to take off her mask off in an effort to understand her better.
It was not known late Sunday afternoon whether Giuliani has been showing symptoms of the virus.
The news comes two months after the president and first lady announced they tested positive for the virus back in early October.
Around that time, many in the White House orbit began to announce positive results — senior adviser Hope Hicks, RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, former senior White House official Kellyanne Conway, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, White House press secretary Kayleigh Mcenany and policy adviser Stephen Miller.
On Oct. 5, Giuliani tweeted about his negative coronavirus results at the time.