Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani exploited false election fraud claims to sell gold coins, cigars and side dishes in a podcast. This resulted in a $ 1.3 billion lawsuit by a voting machine company.
Dominion Voting Systems Inc.’s lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Washington could now force Giuliani to defend his actions in order to spread what the company claims were bogus claims that they helped garner millions of votes to surrender to President Joe Biden and cost Trump a second in office.
“He and his allies made and spread the ‘big lie’ that predictably went viral and led millions of people to believe that Dominion stole their votes and determined the election,” the company alleged in its complaint.
Giuliani didn’t immediately return a message looking for a comment.
Dominion previously sued former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation after leading charges against the company alleging foreign enemies infiltrated its voting software as part of a major conspiracy. She has not yet responded to this claim.
The lawsuit against Giuliani, who tried to bill the Trump campaign $ 20,000 a day for legal work on election lawsuits, came after the mock conspiracy on Jan. 6 after a rally where Trump and Giuliani spoke.
“No fraud case”
“Even after the United States Capitol was stormed by rioters deceived by Giuliani and his allies, Giuliani escaped responsibility for the consequences of his words and repeated the big lie again,” the company said.
Others could also be sued for attacking the company – and, it claims, ruining its reputation – for repeating conspiracy theories to explain Trump’s failed bid for a second term. Giuliani, Fox News, and the White House itself were among those who received letters from Dominion’s lawyers in December.
In his new complaint, Dominion said the former New York mayor had spoken frequently about the false conspiracy in public institutions but refused to bring election fraud claims in court where he needed to prove it. In a Pennsylvania hearing, Giuliani admitted that the Trump campaign “does not raise any fraud” and that “this is not a case of fraud”.
“He was unwilling to bring false election fraud claims against Dominion and its voting machines in court,” the company said.
According to the lawsuit, Giuliani touted false claims about Dominion when he was marketing gold and silver coins on his YouTube show in December. He said, “I’ve accomplished a lot in 2020, brought the truth to light,” and warned viewers that in uncertain times, the only thing they can count on to protect their finances “is physical gold and silver.”
“He advised his viewers to buy gold from the company you can trust and told them to call them and tell them Rudy sent you,” the complaint read. “And Giuliani advised,” If you call her now, you can get up to $ 1,500 in free silver on your first order. “
Dominion said the lawsuit was necessary to “correct the records, defend the company’s civil rights, seek damages and punitive damages, and stand up for itself, its employees and the electoral process.”
Dominion’s previous lawsuit against Powell is also targeting $ 1.3 billion. She repeatedly claimed her software had ties to the Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013. Powell didn’t respond to an email Monday morning.
The case is Dominion v Giuliani, 21-cv-213, US District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).
(Updates with details from the complaint.)