Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani exploited false allegations of election fraud to sell gold coins, cigars and supplements on podcast, company claims $ 1.3 billion libel lawsuit of voting machines.
Dominion Voting Systems Inc.’s lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington on Monday, could now force Giuliani to defend his actions by spreading what the company sees as false claims that it helped transfer millions of votes to the president Joe Biden and cost Trump a second. mandate.
“He and his allies fabricated and spread the ‘Big Lie’, which presumably went viral and deceived millions of people into believing that Dominion had stolen their votes and fixed the election,” the company alleged in its complaint.
Giuliani did not immediately return a message requesting comment.
Dominion previously sued former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation, after leading the charge against the company by claiming that foreign enemies infiltrated his voting software as part of a large conspiracy. She has yet to respond to this allegation.
The lawsuit against Giuliani, who sought to charge the Trump campaign $ 20,000 a day for legal work on election-related prosecutions, comes after the bogus plot helped inspire a deadly insurgency on the U.S. Capitol on Jan.6, in the following a rally where Trump and Giuliani spoke.
“Not a case of fraud”
“Even after the United States Capitol was stormed by rioters who had been deceived by Giuliani and his allies, Giuliani avoided responsibility for the consequences of his words and repeated the big lie again,” he said. declared the company.
Others can also be prosecuted for attacking the company – and, it says, trashing its reputation – by repeating conspiracy theories to explain Trump’s failed offer for a second term. Giuliani, Fox News, and the White House itself were among those who received letters from Dominion lawyers in December.
In his new complaint, Dominion said the former New York City mayor often spoke about the bogus conspiracy in public places, but refused to make electoral fraud claims in court where he would have to prove it. At a hearing in Pennsylvania, Giuliani admitted that the Trump campaign “does not plead fraud” and that “it is not a fraud case.”
“He was unwilling to make false allegations of voter fraud about Dominion and its voting machines in court,” the company said.
According to the lawsuit, Giuliani bragged about false claims about Dominion while marketing gold and silver coins on his YouTube show in December, saying, “I accomplished a lot in 2020, revealing the truth ”and warning viewers that in uncertain times the only thing they can depend on to protect their finances“ is physical gold and silver ”.
“He recommended his viewers buy gold from ‘the company you can trust’ and told them to ‘call them and tell them Rudy sent you’, according to the complaint. “And, says Giuliani, ‘if you call them now, they’ll give you up to $ 1,500 free money on your first order.’ ‘
Dominion said the lawsuit was necessary to “set the record straight, assert the company’s civil rights, recover compensatory and punitive damages, and defend itself, its employees and the electoral process.”
Dominion’s earlier lawsuit against Powell is also seeking $ 1.3 billion. She has repeatedly claimed that her software has links to Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013. Powell did not respond to an email Monday morning.
The case is Dominion v. Giuliani, 21-cv-213, US District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).
(Updates with complaint details.)