Still, he acknowledged that Mr. Trump could try, and it could create “a shameful spectacle.”
Initially, Trump’s campaign aides favored a low-profile series of challenges and recount demands, people briefed on the talks said, saying they would have been long but not ridiculed in a courtroom. .
Now the effort has been picked up by Mr Giuliani, who has adopted a dispersal strategy and promoted savage conspiracy theories – even in court proceedings, as he did in a hearing in Pennsylvania this week.
On Thursday, Mr. Giuliani appeared in a cramped room at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, where he and his team of lawyers exposed a winding thread of conspiracies, alleging a “centralized” conspiracy of widespread fraud without evidence. (Although Mr Giuliani said he had evidence, he said he could not share it to protect personal identities, and that there were other allegations that “at this point I really can’t not reveal. “)
Ms Powell, another lawyer for the Trump campaign, followed Mr Giuliani and pushed forward the baseless claims, including a long digression involving Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan leader who died in 2013.
Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican from Iowa who just won reelection, sharply criticized Ms Powell’s false claims that Republicans and Democrats were paid to rig the system on their behalf.
“To suggest that the Republican and Democratic candidates paid to overturn this election, I think, is absolutely outrageous, and I am offended,” Ernst said on Fox News Radio. “For this accusation to be casually thrown just to confuse our voters across the United States, I think it is absolutely false.
Reporting was provided by Kathleen Gray of Detroit, Michael Crowley and Kenneth P. Vogel of Washington, and Trip Gabriel, Stephanie Saul and Rebecca R. Ruiz of New York.