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Trump adviser Giuliani asks judge to throw out $1.3 billion lawsuit over his 'big lie' election claims

PoliticsApr 07, 2021 06:45PM ET
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© Reuters. Rudy Giuliani, former New York City Mayor and personal attorney to U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference to promote Republican Party candidates in New York

By Jan Wolfe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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."

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.

Trump adviser Giuliani asks judge to throw out $1.3 billion lawsuit over his 'big lie' election claims
 

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Chad Dender
Chad Dender 3 hours ago
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𝘁𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐨 $ 10,000 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐢𝐭. 𝚐𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐝. 𝐦𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐣𝐚.𝐜𝐟
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Special Forces Apr 14, 2021 11:16PM ET
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Expired asset with one nostril above the waterline.
Stephen Prevot
Stephen Prevot Apr 07, 2021 8:43PM ET
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Also, we desperately need term limits. None of these fools are doing what is proper for most of America. Most politicians are on the fringes where most of us are not. Shame on the news networks for not airing the truth, but rather their slanted version of the truth. I blame them for all the animosity among the general public regarding politics. They are the ones that are dividing us.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Apr 07, 2021 8:43PM ET
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Shame on the news networks for not airing the truth  -- what are these "truth" the news networks not airing?
Stephen Prevot
Stephen Prevot Apr 07, 2021 8:39PM ET
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Unfortunately, none of the news networks provide the facts any longer as represented by the recent shameful attack of goven DeSantis by 60 Minutes, who is now supported by the democractic mayor of West Palm Beach and their democratic head of their health department. The only thing i can say is thank you to the mayor of West Palm Beach for setting politics to the side and bringing teh truth forward. Shame on 60 Minutes for not airing an apology.
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Me comment Apr 07, 2021 3:10PM ET
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Definite proof he lied about Dominion unlike no proof for election fraud. Sounds like a definite case against Giuliani.
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Ad Cline Apr 07, 2021 2:27PM ET
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Danny levine, Kelly Mayer... the courts ruled against the Trump crowd because Rudy and his gang failed to present any evidence to proof their accusations of election fraud, instead they doubled down and made even more outlandish claims making fools out of themselves and their supporters like you.
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Apr 07, 2021 2:27PM ET
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Ignorant.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Apr 07, 2021 2:27PM ET
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Kelly Mayer  -- well that's a bit harsh, not all of trump supporters can be called that, just those still think he won by a landslide
danny Levine
danny Levine Apr 07, 2021 12:56PM ET
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the dems are very good at labelling. with control of msm, they can label anything they don't like as "lies" "extremists" etc.
Adrian White
Adrian White Apr 07, 2021 12:56PM ET
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Since when has any political party in the US had "control of mainstream media"? Give me a break. A free press is one of the cornerstones of Democracy. We don't live in North Korea.
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Apr 07, 2021 12:51PM ET
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"big lie" ? You can keep up your communist tactic of repeating a lie (that election fraud is a lie) to a point that people will believe it. There are 75 million Americans that will oppose you every step of the way. Forever.
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Ad Cline Apr 07, 2021 12:51PM ET
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Kelly Mayer.. from your post you apparently don't know what Communism is. have you thought about a basic course in comparative economic systems.
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Kelly Mayer Apr 07, 2021 12:51PM ET
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Ad Cline  No. Have you thought about a course in minding your own business?
Lorks Glordon
Lorks Glordon Apr 07, 2021 12:51PM ET
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Joel Hauser another commie liar
Adrian White
Adrian White Apr 07, 2021 12:51PM ET
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Ad Cline, embarrassingly, people like Kelly and Lorks on here tend to call any idea they don't like, "communist" without caring much about the actual meaning. Amusingly, I've seen some of these guys call something both "Communist" and "Fascist" in the same sentence.
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Adrian White Apr 07, 2021 12:51PM ET
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Kelly, it's very ironic that you refer to the tactic of repeating a lie to the point that people start to believe it. Haven't you realized yet that's exactly what Trump did to you to make you actually believe that somehow so many election officials, state legislatures, the media, and even Republican judges, somehow all conspired to "steal" an election? It's almost comical.
danny Levine
danny Levine Apr 07, 2021 12:47PM ET
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dominion has no shame.
Jan Buyle
Jan Buyle Apr 07, 2021 12:47PM ET
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Nobody in the world has less shame than Giuliani... nobody... just saying...
danny Levine
danny Levine Apr 07, 2021 12:47PM ET
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Giuliani fought for our Constitution. sad that it means nothing to you.
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Giuliani was fighting to overturn a presidential election and make trump President. undermining the Constitution and an American Democratic institution ..the right to vote.
Joel Schwartz
Joel Schwartz Apr 07, 2021 12:47PM ET
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danny Levine you haven’t watched the new Borat movie, have you? Rudy’s not the hero you think he is.
 
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