Written by Colin Long The Associated Press
Washington – Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation suit on Monday against Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who led the former president’s deployment efforts. Baseless allegations about the 2020 elections.
The lawsuit is seeking damages of more than $ 1.3 billion for the voting machine company, a goal of conservatives who have made wild claims about the company, blamed it for Trump’s loss and claimed without evidence that its systems were easily tampered with. Dominion is one of the largest voting machine companies in the country and has provided machines for the state of Georgia, the decisive battlefield that Biden won and which She turned control of the US Senate.
The company faced such a massive amount of threats and criticism that one of its chief executives went into hiding. The lawsuit is based on statements Giuliani made on Twitter, in conservative media, and during legislative hearings where the former New York mayor alleged that the voting machine company conspired to turn the votes for President Joe Biden.
Dominion’s lawsuit, filed in federal court in the District of Columbia, is among the first major signs of the fallout from the former president’s allies and the failed efforts to sabotage the 2020 elections that ended in On January 6, a riot in the US Capitol building by a pro-Trump crowd Who claimed that the elections had been stolen.
“For Dominion – who produces her business and provides voting systems for the elections – there are no charges that could do more to harm Dominion’s business or to challenge Dominion’s integrity, ethics, honesty, and financial integrity,” the lawsuit says. “Giuliani’s statements were calculated – and in fact – infuriated and Dominion caused enormous damage.”
there was There is no widespread fraud in the electionsWhich was conducted by a group of election officials across the country, including Trump’s former Attorney General, William Barr, Has been confirmed. Republican governors in Arizona and Georgia, two states that are key on the battlefield decisive in Biden’s victory, also emphasized the integrity of the elections in their respective states. The judges rejected nearly all legal appeals from Trump and his allies, including two that were rejected by the Supreme Court, which includes three justices nominated by Trump.
“Dominion took this action to correct matters, defend the company’s rights under civil law, compensate for compensatory and punitive damages, and defend itself, its employees, and the electoral process,” the lawsuit states.
Giuliani did not respond to a reporter’s letter seeking comment.
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During an episode of Giuliani’s podcast, he is accused of “technologically” stealing a “Dominion” election, the lawsuit alleges, and he warned listeners that cybercriminals could steal their Internet home addresses. The lawsuit also details Giuliani’s propaganda supplements to treat sore joints and muscles, and provides Special discount code while carrying bottles.
The lawsuit also includes a photo of Giuliani holding a cigar, squeezing cigars with a $ 20 deal over orders over $ 100 after he filed charges over Dominion and falsely claimed that the election was set by a Venezuelan company.
The lawsuit argues that Giuliani worked in concert with Trump supporters, attorneys Sidney Powell and El Lyn Wood, and conservative media “intent on propagating an advance false narrative about the 2020 elections”.
Dominion also sued Powell, Who claimed that the company was founded in Venezuela to rig the elections for late leader Hugo Chávez and that it had the power to switch votes.
The lawsuit also alleges that Giuliani’s false statements about Dominion and the elections that were “stolen” helped perpetuate the violent gang that stormed the US Capitol on January 6 as Congress met to vote to validate Biden’s election victory.
“After Giuliani and his allies deceived them into believing they were not criminals – but the patriots” defended the republic “from Dominion and their co-conspirators – then they boasted of their involvement in the crime on social media, the lawsuit states.
Associated Press writer Michael Balsamo contributed to this report.