Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani exploited false election-fraud claims to hawk gold cash, cigars and dietary supplements on a podcast, in line with a $1.three billion defamation go well with by a voting machine firm.

Dominion Voting Systems Inc.’s lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court docket in Washington, could now pressure Giuliani to defend his actions in spreading what the corporate says are bogus claims that it helped flip thousands and thousands of votes to President Joe Biden and price Trump a second time period in workplace.

“He and his allies 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,” the corporate alleged in its criticism.

Giuliani didn’t instantly return a message in search of remark.

Dominion beforehand sued former Trump marketing campaign lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation, after she led the cost towards the corporate by claiming international enemies had infiltrated its voting software program as a part of an unlimited conspiracy. She hasn’t but responded to that allegation.

The go well with towards Giuliani, who sought to cost the Trump marketing campaign $20,000 a day for authorized work on election-related lawsuits, comes after the bogus conspiracy helped encourage a lethal revolt on the US Capitol on Jan. 6, following a rally at which Trump and Giuliani spoke.

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‘Not a Fraud Case’

“Even after the United States Capitol had been stormed by rioters who had been deceived by Giuliani and his allies, Giuliani shirked responsibility for the consequences of his words and repeated the Big Lie again,” the corporate stated.

Others can also be sued for attacking the corporate — and, it claims, trashing its repute — by repeating conspiracy theories to clarify Trump’s failed bid for a second time period. Giuliani, Fox News and the White House itself have been amongst those that acquired letters from Dominion’s attorneys in December.

In its new criticism, Dominion stated the previous New York City mayor spoke regularly concerning the false conspiracy in public settings however declined to make voter fraud claims in court docket the place he’d must show it. In one Pennsylvania listening to, Giuliani admitted that the Trump marketing campaign “doesn’t plead fraud” and that “this is not a fraud case.”

“He was unwilling to make false election fraud claims about Dominion and its voting machines in a court of law,” the corporate stated.

According to the go well with, Giuliani touted false claims about Dominion whereas advertising and marketing gold and silver cash on his YouTube present in December, saying, “I accomplished a lot in 2020, exposing the truth,” and warning viewers that in unsure occasions the one factor they’ll depend on to guard their funds “is physical gold and silver.”

“He recommended that his viewers buy gold from ‘the company you can trust’ and told them to ‘give them a call and tell them Rudy sent you,’” in line with the criticism. “And, Giuliani advised, ‘if you call them right now, they’ll give you up to $1,500 of free silver on your first order.’”

Dominion stated the lawsuit is required to “set the record straight, to vindicate the company’s rights under civil law, to recover compensatory and punitive damages, and to stand up for itself, its employees, and the electoral process.”

Dominion’s earlier go well with towards Powell additionally seeks $1.three billion. She repeatedly claimed its software program had ties to Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013. Powell didn’t reply to an e mail Monday morning.

The case is Dominion v. Giuliani, 21-cv-213, US District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

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