WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s former private lawyer Rudy Giuliani requested a choose on Wednesday to throw out a voting machine firm’s $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit referring to his false claims in regards to the November 2020 presidential election being rigged.
Giuliani’s lawyer stated in a courtroom submitting that Dominion Voting Programs’ lawsuit must be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction, and since the corporate has not adequately justified its request for cash damages.
The submitting stated Giuliani denies defaming Dominion, including that the previous New York Metropolis mayor would current a extra forceful protection on the deserves if his jurisdictional arguments are rejected by the federal choose within the District of Columbia who’s assigned to the case.
“Ought to this matter attain authorized or factual adjudication on the deserves, Giuliani will present a vigorous and full response,” the courtroom submitting acknowledged.
Megan Meier, a lawyer for Dominion, stated in a press release that
“Giuliani stated he needed to current the ‘proof’ for his defamatory statements about Dominion, however now he’s making an attempt to keep away from a trial and nonetheless providing no proof in any respect.”
Trump and his allies spent two months denying his election defeat, and claiming with out proof that it was the results of widespread voter fraud, earlier than the then-president’s supporters launched a lethal assault on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Denver-based Dominion alleged in its Jan. 25 lawsuit that Giuliani “manufactured and disseminated the ‘Huge Lie,’ which foreseeably went viral and deceived thousands and thousands of individuals into believing that Dominion had stolen their votes and glued the election.”
Dominion stated it filed the lawsuit “to set the report straight” and to “get up for itself, its staff, and the electoral course of.”
Based in 2002, Dominion is a significant U.S. producer of voting machines, and numerous Dominion machines had been utilized in greater than two dozen states throughout the 2020 election.
Dominion has comparable defamation lawsuits pending in opposition to Fox Information, former Trump marketing campaign lawyer Sidney Powell, and pro-Trump businessman Mike Lindell of My Pillow Inc. Like Giuliani, they’ve denied defaming Dominion.