Rudy Giuliani admitted under oath that his “evidence” of voter fraud in the 2020 election came partly from reading posts on social media that he did not fact-check, according to a new report first published by The Colorado Sun.
Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer made the comments in a deposition on August 14th in relation to a defamation lawsuit brought by a former Dominion Voting Systems employee, Eric Coomer, who is suing the Trump campaign and others for promoting baseless conspiracy theories that he helped “rig” the election for Joe Biden.
The conspiracy theories about Coomer were sparked by accusations made by right-wing podcast host Joe Oltmann, who claimed to have infiltrated an Antifa conference call in which someone who identified themselves as “Eric from Dominion” boasted about preventing Trump from winning the election, The New York Times originally reported. Oltmann offered no proof of his claims. The podcast host then found Eric Coomer’s Facebook profile, on which he supposedly had written anti-Trump messages.
In the deposition, Giuliani admitted that he got some of his information about Coomer’s alleged role in the election fraud from his social media posts but couldn’t be sure if it was Facebook or another platform. “Those social media posts are all one to me,” Giuliani said.
Damn, Rudy Giuliani had 18 burners and admitted his claims of election fraud were all from Facebook posts and he's still free, but a Black man selling a dime of weed will do time.
This system is fuuuucked.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) October 2, 2021
Giuliani and other Trump allies seized upon Oltmann’s allegations, repeating them in a now-infamous November 19 press conference where he said, “One of the Smartmatic patent holders, Eric Coomer, I believe his name is, is on the web as being recorded in a conversation with ANTIFA members saying that he had the election rigged for Mr. Biden.” But according to court papers filed by Coomer’s lawyers, Giuliani spent “virtually no time” investigating the claims.
This guy is toast.
“Rudy Giuliani admitted under oath that his ‘evidence’ of voter fraud in the 2020 election came partly from social media and that he did not interview or fact-check his sources, reports say.”See Also
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) October 2, 2021
Giuliani said he was too busy when asked why he repeated Oltmann’s accusations without verifying them. “It’s not my job in a fast-moving case to go out and investigate every piece of evidence that’s given to me,” Giuliani said in the deposition, reported by MSNBC. “Why wouldn’t I believe him? I would have to have been a terrible lawyer… gee, let’s go find out it’s untrue. I didn’t have the time to do that.”
How is Rudy Giuliani still roaming free? Or the guy with the pillow? Or the trafficker Matt Gaetz? Or the twice-impeached inciter of a deadly insurrection against the United States of America? Does the DOJ need more prosecutors?
— Steven Beschloss (@StevenBeschloss) October 2, 2021
When questioned about whether he saw any other evidence linking Coomer with election fraud, he responded, “Right now, I can’t recall anything else that I laid eyes on.”