Trump adviser Giuliani asks judge to throw out $1.3B lawsuit over his 'big lie' election claims
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Publishing date:Apr 07, 2021 • 6 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
In this file photo taken on Nov. 20, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump meets with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani at the clubhouse of the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.
In this file photo taken on Nov. 20, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump meets with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani at the clubhouse of the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. PHOTO BY DON EMMERT /AFP/Getty Images
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani asked a judge on Wednesday to throw out a voting machine company’s $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit relating to his false claims about the November 2020 presidential election being rigged.
Giuliani’s lawyer said in a court filing that Dominion Voting Systems’ lawsuit should be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction, and because the company has not adequately justified its request for money damages.
The filing said Giuliani denies defaming Dominion, adding that the former New York City mayor would present a more forceful defense on the merits if his jurisdictional arguments are rejected by the federal judge in the District of Columbia who is assigned to the case.
“Should this matter reach legal or factual adjudication on the merits, Giuliani will provide a vigorous and complete response,” the court filing stated.
Megan Meier, a lawyer for Dominion, said in a statement that “Giuliani said he wanted to present the ‘evidence’ for his defamatory statements about Dominion, but now he’s trying to avoid a trial and still offering no evidence at all.”
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Trump and his allies spent two months denying his election defeat, and claiming without evidence that it was the result of widespread voter fraud, before the then-president’s supporters launched a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Denver-based Dominion alleged in its Jan. 25 lawsuit that Giuliani “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.”
Dominion said it filed the lawsuit “to set the record straight” and to “stand up for itself, its employees, and the electoral process.”
Founded in 2002, Dominion is a major U.S. manufacturer of voting machines, and various Dominion machines were used in more than two dozen states during the 2020 election.
Dominion has similar defamation lawsuits pending against Fox News, former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell, and pro-Trump businessman Mike Lindell of My Pillow Inc. Like Giuliani, they have denied defaming Dominion.
Based on the affidavits and other evidence, the judge in the case found probable cause to conditionally unseal the county's ballots for a forensic audit. Voter GA was given until March 25 to submit a plan to the judge detailing what the audit would look like — which experts they were going to use, where the audit would take place, etc.
Last week, Raffensperger, who is not a party to the suit, filed an amicus brief in an attempt to block the effort to unseal and examine the ballots. a Republican who has resisted demands by former President Donald Trump and others to investigate claims of vote-counting mischief in the state's 2020 presidential vote,
In his brief, Raffensperger cites Georgia's new election security bill, signed into law by Republican Governor Brian Kemp on March 25, as allowing the "public disclosure of ballot images, but not ballots," meaning the auditors would have access to digital images of the ballots, created by the tabulation machines, but not the physical ballots themselves.
"In creating this limited exception, the General Assembly expressed its clear intent to only allow public disclosure of ballot images while maintaining the confidentiality of ballots from public," asserts the secretary of state's brief.......Much More
What actually happened with Detroit absentee ballots violated the city's official instructions, per witness affidavits and city records.
Newly obtained printed absentee ballot instructions for election workers in Detroit confirm that oral instructions described by a city election worker in a post-election sworn affidavit would have been egregious violations of city election rules.
The instructions, obtained by Just the News through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, were crystal clear concerning signature matching and ballot dating: Verification of signatures on absentee ballots was mandatory, and ballots were to be stamped with the date on which they are received.
Detroit election worker Jessy Jacob, a longtime city employee, testified in November that she was instructed by supervisors to ignore signatures on absentee ballots and to fraudulently backdate late-arriving absentee ballots to make them appear to be valid.
According to Detroit's absentee ballot instructions, signatures on the ballots were to be checked to see if they matched those on file. If a signature did not match, a letter would be sent to the voter "informing them that their returned ballot was rejected because the signature did not match our records."
File Detroit absentee ballot instructions
If there was no signature on the absentee ballot envelope, the instructions mandated this resolution: "A letter will be sent to the voter stating the ballot return envelope was unsigned. They will have the option to come into the office to sign their original ballot return envelope or they may sign the ballot return envelope (empty) sent with the letter and mail it."