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Dominion Voting Systems sued attorney Rudy Giuliani on Jan. 25 for defamation for leading Donald Trump’s efforts to spread claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent.

Dominion is one of the top voting machine companies in the U.S. The lawsuit against Giuliani seeks more than $1.3 billion in damages.

“For Dominion — whose business is producing and providing voting systems for elections — there are no accusations that could do more to damage Dominion’s business or to impugn Dominion’s integrity, ethics, honesty, and financial integrity,” the lawsuit says

“Giuliani’s statements were calculated to — and did in fact — provoke outrage and cause Dominion enormous harm.”

Dominion claimed that Giuliani sought financial gain from making negative statements about Dominion. These statements include Giuliani encouraging the spread of the conspiracy theory that Dominion is a Venezuelan company that fixed elections for Hugo Chávez.

“After decrying how an American election had been fixed by a Venezuelan-owned company, Giuliani marketed cigars from an ‘American-owned’ company, offering ‘$20 off orders over $100’ if his viewers used the code ‘Rudy20’ when ordering,” the lawsuit said.

Dominion said there is absolutely no truth to the claim that they are a Venezuelan company that fixed elections for Hugo Chávez.

“Dominion was not founded in Venezuela to fix elections for Hugo Chávez. It was founded in 2002 in John Poulos’s basement in Toronto to help blind people vote on paper ballots,” the suit stated.

The lawsuit claimed Giuliani spread falsehoods about Dominion via Twitter, in addition to his podcast. 

“Giuliani’s false tweets about Dominion were liked over 534,000 times and were foreseeably retweeted over 160,000 times. The retweets disseminated Giuliani’s false tweets to over 1.5 million Twitter accounts,” the suit stated.

The lawsuit also claims that Giuliani told listeners of his podcast that “Dominion had stolen the election ‘technologically’.”

Additionally, the lawsuit made mention of the recent riot at Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 that started primarily due to outrage among Trump supporters over the belief that the election was fraudulent, even though Trump’s claims of voter fraud have been dismissed in courts.

The lawsuit claimed that Giuliani perpetuated the riots.

“Having been deceived by Giuliani and his allies into thinking that they were not criminals — but patriots ‘Defend(ing) the Republic’ from Dominion and its co-conspirators — they then bragged about their involvement in the crime on social media.”

Dominion is also suing Sidney Powell, who also propagated the theory that Dominion fixed elections for Hugo Chávez

Giuliani told ABC News that he might countersue.

“Dominion’s defamation lawsuit for $1.3B will allow me to investigate their history, finances, and practices fully and completely. 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,” Giuliani said.

Trump himself has also mentioned Dominion. In a now deleted tweet, Trump said, “Reports are coming out of the 12th Congressional district of Georgia that Dominion Machines are not working in certain Republican Strongholds for over an hour. Ballots are being left in lock boxes, hopefully they can count them. Thank you Congressman @RickAllen.”

Written ByLinn Win

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