Dominion Voting Systems sues Rudy Giuliani over his election claims
Former President Donald Trump’s lawyer is being sued for defamation for $1.3 billion after he question voting machines in the presidential election.
The claim: Dominion lost lawsuits against Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell
Attorneys for former President Donald Trump who claimed Dominion Voting Systems was part of a conspiracy to rig the 2020 election are facing federal defamation lawsuits seeking as much as $1.3 billion in damages.
Those lawsuits haven’t yet been resolved in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, though, contrary to a Facebook post declaring victory for Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell.
The May 31 post said the triumph of the two attorneys over Dominion was “absent from the news.” It was shared more than 1,000 times, with several commenters celebrating the win.
A few commenters pointed out they couldn’t find a link confirming the news.
Court dockets show no ruling in Giuliani’s and Powell’s requests to dismiss the lawsuits.
The lawsuits came after Trump and his allies sought to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, claiming along the way that Dominion was part of a conspiracy to keep Trump from winning a second term.
The Facebook user who shared the May 31 post did not respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuits seek about $1.3 billion in damages for their baseless claims that Dominion rigged the 2020 election against Trump, paving the way for President Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
Dominion voting systems are used in “red and blue jurisdictions” in 28 states, according to the company, but they became the focus of an array of baseless election conspiracies in tightly contested states that were key to Biden’s victory.
Dominion said in its lawsuit against Giuliani that the former New York City mayor and his allies “manufactured and disseminated the ‘Big Lie,’ which foreseeably went viral and deceived millions of people into believing that Dominion had stolen their votes and fixed the election.”
Powell caused “unprecedented harm,” the company’s attorneys wrote in their lawsuit, in claiming Dominion rigged the 2020 presidential election, the company was created in Venezuela to fix elections for Hugo Chavez and that Dominion bribed officials in Georgia. All those claims are false.
Their claims built on the foundation Trump himself laid before the election when he said the only way he could lose is if the election was “rigged.” He went on to claim repeatedly after his loss that that’s what had happened.
Both Giuliani and Powell have asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuits against them.
Those requests, however, remained unresolved as of June 1, according to court dockets. Dominion filed opposing a dismissal in both lawsuits on May 24.
In its court filing requesting the lawsuit be dismissed, Giuliani’s attorney argued the court lacked jurisdiction. Powell’s attorneys wrote in a court document that her statements were not facts but opinions she still holds.
“No reasonable person would conclude…