Rudy Giuliani Freaks Out Over Dominion Lawsuit
Former President Donald Trump’s ham-handed personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani responded to the $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit that Dominion Voting Systems has filed against him for hawking bogus allegations that the 2020 election was fraudulent.
“Dominion’s defamation lawsuit for $1.3B will allow me to investigate their history, finances, and practices fully and completely,” the quonam mayor of New York City wrote in a text message on Monday morning. “The amount being asked for is, quite obviously, intended to frighten people of faint heart.”
The case “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 clients vigorously,” Giuliani continued. “As such, we will investigate a countersuit against them for violating these Constitutional rights.”
One would think that Giuliani – a licensed attorney who requested that Trump pay him $20,000 per day for comically lousy legal representation – should know that private corporations are not bound by the free speech protections enshrined in the Constitution.
The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Giuliani’s comment was posted to Twitter by Forbes reporter Andrew Solender.
Rudy Giuliani texts his response to the Dominion lawsuit: pic.twitter.com/pJ8mBPf1eu
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) January 25, 2021
In its filing, Dominion alleges that Giuliani orchestrated a “viral disinformation campaign about Dominion” made up of “demonstrably false” claims, including that the company’s voting machines stole votes for Trump by switching them to President Joe Biden.
Giuliani has also asserted that Dominion was established in Venezuela. That too is a lie.
“Dominion was not founded in Venezuela to fix elections for Hugo Chávez. It was founded in 2002 in John Poulos’s basement in Toronto to help blind people vote on paper ballots,” Dominion said in its complaint.
“Not only have these lies damaged the good name of my company, but they also undermined trust in American democratic institutions, drowning out the remarkable work of elections officials and workers, who ensured a transparent and secure election,” Dominion Chief Executive Officer John Poulos told The New York Times. “The thousands of hand recounts and audits that proved machines counted accurately continue to be overshadowed by disinformation.”