Dominion Voting Systems has filed a massive $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, for pushing the “Big Lie” about election fraud on his podcast and TV appearances.
“Just as Giuliani and his allies intended, the Big Lie went viral on social media as people tweeted, retweeted, and raged that Dominion had stolen their votes. While some lies — little lies — flare up on social media and die with the next news cycle, the Big Lie was different,” lawyers for Dominion wrote in the lawsuit, filed in DC District Court on Monday morning.
“The harm to Dominion’s business and reputation is unprecedented and irreparable because of how fervently millions of people believe it,” it read.
The lawsuit notes that while Giuliani spread falsehoods about Dominion being owned by Venezuelan communists and corrupting the election, he did not make those same claims in lawsuits he filed on behalf of Trump.
“Dominion’s defamation lawsuit for $1.3B will allow me to investigate their history, finances, and practices fully and completely,” Giuliani told CNN in a statement Monday. “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.”
He said he will “investigate a countersuit against them for violating these Constitutional rights.”
This is the second defamation lawsuit Dominion has filed in recent weeks seeking to recoup its losses following the Trump post-election disinformation campaign.
Dominion previously sued lawyer Sidney Powell, who pushed similar false claims alongside Giuliani.