Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, gestures after the media announced that Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden will run the 2020 U.S. presidential election in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the United States, on Nov. 7 2020 won.
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Dominion Voting Systems on Monday filed a defamation lawsuit against former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. He accused him of spreading lies in order to “deliberately mislead voters” and to cause “irreparable harm” to the company.
“While Giuliani pushed the disinformation campaign that sparked death threats and violence and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, he made money haggling gold coins, trimmings, cigars and protection against ‘cyber thieves’,” said Dominion legal advisor Thomas Clare , in a statement.
Giuliani was deeply involved in Trump’s efforts to overcome his loss to President Joe Biden in the 2020 election. The former New York mayor repeatedly argued publicly that Trump’s victory was stolen by widespread election fraud.
Dominion accuses Giuliani of telling the “big lie” that Dominion manipulated with votes to determine the election for Biden to “get rich financially, maintain and improve his public profile, and get Donald Trump for money and rewards he expected to receive as a result of this union. “
The lawsuit, which has been filed in the US District Court in Washington, DC, provides for damages and punitive damages of more than $ 1.3 billion. Dominion said in the 107-page lawsuit that its employees were persecuted, harassed and threatened as a “direct, predictable and deliberate result” of Giuliani’s “virus disinformation campaign”.
Giuliani “actively promoted disinformation in order to deliberately mislead voters,” Dominion CEO John Poulos said in a statement. “Because Giuliani and others kept repeating false claims about my company on a number of media outlets, some of our own family and friends are among the Americans who have been betrayed.”
Giuliani did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment. The former federal attorney who brought the mafia to its knees represented the Trump campaign in court when he urged the void swaths of votes in key swing states that went for Biden.
Dominion’s lawsuit stated that Giuliani had never brought charges against Dominion in court. In federal court in Pennsylvania – one of dozen failed cases from the Trump campaign and Trump’s allies aimed at overturning the election – Giuliani had told a judge, “This is not a fraud case.”
Rather, the complaint cites more than 50 statements by Giuliani on social media, conservative news outlets, and state hearings.
On these platforms, Giuliani had repeatedly accused Dominion of working with another company, Smartmatic, which he claimed had “best practices for fixing elections”.
Both companies have flatly denied this and other claims, including the fact that Smartmatic is corruptly affiliated with the Venezuelan government. This conspiracy theory became widespread when Sidney Powell, an attorney formerly affiliated with Trump’s legal team, aired it with Giuliani during a much-criticized press conference in November.
Smartmatic said last month it was sending letters calling for withdrawals from Giuliani and Powell, as well as Fox News, One America News and Newsmax, all of whom made these “false and defamatory statements”.
Dominion sued Powell earlier this month for damages of at least $ 1.3 billion.
Trump, who resigned from office on January 20 and was preparing for a trial in the Senate after his impeachment in the House of Representatives for instigating a deadly riot in the Capitol, fueled the baseless conspiracy that Dominion freaked votes.
“Also, we have a company that is very suspicious. It’s called Dominion. If you turn a dial or change a chip you can push a button for Trump and the vote goes to Biden. What kind of system is that?” Trump said in a long video in December.