Ayyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves Rudy Giuliani and a lawsuit.
Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit on Monday against Rudolph Giuliani, the lawyer for Donald Trump and former mayor of New York City who played a key role in the former president’s months long effort to subvert the 2020 election. The 107 page lawsuit, filed in the Federal District Court in Washington, accuses Giuliani of carrying out “a viral disinformation campaign about Dominion” made up of “demonstrably false” allegations, in part to enrich himself through legal fees and his podcast. The suit seeks damages of more than $1.3 billion and is based on more than 50 statements Giuliani made at legislative hearings, on Twitter, on his podcast and in the conservative news media, where he spun a fictitious narrative of a plot by one of the biggest voting machine manufacturers in the country to flip votes to President Biden.
In a statement released by text message late Monday morning, Giuliani said that the lawsuit amounted to intimidation and that he was contemplating a countersuit. “Dominion’s defamation lawsuit for $1.3B will allow me to investigate their history, finances, and practices fully and completely,” Giuliani said. “The amount being asked for is, quite obviously, intended to frighten people of faint heart. It is another act of intimidation by the hate filled left wing to wipe out and censor the exercise of free speech, as well as the ability of lawyers to defend their clients vigorously. As such, we will investigate a countersuit against them for violating these Constitutional rights.”
Laying out a timeline of Giuliani’s comments about Dominion on Twitter, his podcast and Fox News, the company notes that Giuliani avoided mentioning Dominion in court, where he could have faced legal ramifications for falsehoods. “Notably, not a single one of the three complaints signed and filed by Giuliani and other attorneys for the Trump Campaign in the Pennsylvania action contained any allegations about Dominion,” the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit also links Giuliani’s false statements about Dominion to the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6, noting that he mentioned the company in his speech at a rally for Trump before the attack, as well as numerous times on social media as the Capitol was breached.“Having been deceived by Giuliani and his allies into thinking that they were not criminals but patriots ‘Defending the Republic’ from Dominion and its co-conspirators they then bragged about their involvement in the crime on social media,” the suit states.Thomas A. Clare, a lawyer representing Dominion, said that the riot had not factored into the decision to sue Giuliani, but that it did show just how seriously Trump’s followers had taken the falsehoods told about the election.
John Poulos, the chief executive officer of Dominion, said that his company had taken legal action against Giuliani both to correct the record about Dominion and restore trust in American electoral systems. “Not only have these lies damaged the good name of my company,” Mr. Poulos said of Giuliani’s false claims, “but they also undermined trust in American democratic institutions, drowning out the remarkable work of elections officials and workers, who ensured a transparent and secure election. The thousands of hand recounts and audits that proved machines counted accurately continue to be overshadowed by disinformation.”
The company had previously warned Giuliani, sending a letter in late December that told him to preserve all records of his claims and stop making false statements, and warned that legal action was imminent. But Giuliani continued with his false claims of fraud, even arguing on Twitter days after receiving the letter that “phony Dominion voting machines” needed to be investigated.
As recently as last week, Mr. Giuliani was on his New York City Based podcast, saying that “so long as you have Dominion, there is clear and present danger” that election results could be rigged. He added that he had “boxes of evidence to support his claims.”
Mr. Clare, Dominion’s lawyer, left open the possibility of litigation against Trump.
“We’re not ruling anybody out,” he said. “Obviously, this lawsuit against the president’s lawyer moves one step closer to the former president and understanding what his role was and wasn’t.” The threats from Dominion have prompted some conciliatory responses from conservative news outlets hoping to avoid a legal battle. This month, the American Thinker, a conservative website, posted an apologetic note saying that its reports about Dominion “are completely false and have no basis in fact” and that “it was wrong for us to publish these false statements.” Giuliani was one of the main public faces of the effort to reverse the election results, with Trump rarely appearing in public and preferring to send out broadsides on Twitter against the democratic process. Dominion argues that Giuliani profited significantly from his false claims, noting that he “reportedly demanded $20,000 per day” for his legal services to Trump and “cashed in by hosting a podcast where he exploited election falsehoods to market gold coins, supplements, cigars and protection from ‘cyberthieves.’”
Dominion is a major manufacturer of voting machine equipment in the United States, second only to Election Systems & Software. Different models of Dominion machines were used in more than two dozen states red, blue and battleground during the 2020 election.