Dominion Voting Systems sues Rudy Giuliani for false election claims
Donald Trump's personal attorney is being sued by the company for defamation, and they are looking for $1.3 billion in damages after he spouted unnfounded allegations.
Prior to and following the US presidential elections in November, claims were made from a number of stanch supporters of President Donald Trump about irregularities, ones that were supposedly planned by the Democratic party to help their candidate to victory. One of those many factless allegations was around the systems used to count the votes. And despite the inauguration of the rightfully chosen new leader in Joe Biden going ahead without any problems, the company behind those machines is not letting the case go.
Dominion: Giuliani sued for $1.3 billion
On Monday a lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems Inc was brought against former President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, a story that was first reported by The New York Times. Court documents showed that the company was accusing him of defamation for making false claims of fraud about that November 2020 election.
The 107-page complaint was filed with the US District Court in for the DIstrict of Columbia and points to the fact that “Dominion’s founder and employees have been harassed and received death threats, and Dominion has suffered unprecedented and irreparable harm.”
It goes on to state that: “Dominion brings this action to set the record straight, to vindicate the company’s rights under civil law, to recover compensatory and punitive damages, and to stand up for itself, its employees, and the electoral process.”
Within the complaint was a detailed list of evidence showing Giuliani’s false claims about how the company had allegedly 'fixed' the election to favour Biden. There were screenshots of television appearances by the lawyer on Fox News as well as examples of his tweets - and the angry responses that they stoked - that spread conspiracy theories about the election.
Dominion earlier filed lawsuits against the Trump campaign and former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell, whom the company also accused of spreading false conspiracy theories about the election that Trump lost to Democrat Joe Biden.
Giuliani's lawyer, Robert Costello, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A group of prominent attorneys last week asked New York’s judiciary to suspend Giuliani's law license because he made false claims in post-election lawsuits and for urging Trump’s supporters to engage in “trial by combat” shortly before they stormed the US Capitol on 6 January.