No wonder Donald Trump did not want to leave office. He is facing a small mountain of lawsuits, and some of them are criminal. New York Attorney General (AG) Letitia James and Manhattan District Attorney (DA) Cyrus Vance have been investigating him. There are two grand juries set up over the ex-president’s attempt to change voting numbers in Georgia. Now, this.
Trump bashed the voting systems used in Georgia claiming that they flipped votes for him to votes for President Joe Biden. Now, Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic have their eye upon the ex, according to The Washington Post.
Attorney Tom Clare said that there might be additional charges after discovery and more documents became available, according to the Axios Re: Cap” podcast:”
‘[Dominion is[ following the evidence where it goes. [It would be a] reasonable assumption. We’re gonna have a chance to really peek behind the curtain of understanding the people’s roles, and that would include the president and the White House and the campaign. And if the evidence leads us to believe that we’ve got strong claims, that’s something we’re gonna take a look at.’
The attorney for Dominion indicated that discovery would last for “several years:”
‘[He doesn’t think] we’re going to wait that long to make some of these determinations. But once we feel like we got enough evidence, whether it’s the president or other individuals, we’re going to proceed expeditiously.’
Thus far, Dominion has four defamation lawsuits in the works. It added one lawsuit on Friday against Fox News. The voting system company alleged:
‘[Fox News promoted] unfounded allegations that Dominion’s voting machines switched votes for Trump to votes for President Biden in the 2020 election.’
In addition, the corporation filed lawsuits against former Trump attorneys Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani. The fourth lawsuit was against MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell. Each of these lawsuits was for $1.3 billion.
Clare continued on the podcast indicating that Dominion may file suits against additional media outlets based upon them promoting debunked conspiracy theories. At that time, the attorney did not name any of the potential litigants. Yet, he indicated that was a “fair assumption” that these lawsuits were upcoming:
‘We’re looking at other media outlets, and making sure we can meet all of the elements of defamation. There were other outlets that played a similar role to Fox in spreading these lies. I expect that we’re going to be holding them accountable as well.’
The other voting system used in Georgia’s 2020 presidential election was Smartmatic. In these lawsuits, Fox News was named in addition to these specific Fox News hosts Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs, and Jeanine Pirro.
Fox News called the $2.7 billion suit “meritless” and filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. It cited the First Amendment, claiming:
‘[The lawsuit] fails to allege that Fox published the challenged statements with actual malice.’
Clare said that Smartmatic still might add additional Fox News hosts to the suit. However, it considered Fox News was “the entity with the megaphone.”
Fox News released a statement last week about Dominion’s lawsuit. The Hill wrote:
‘[It was] proud of our 2020 election coverage, which stands in the highest tradition of American journalism, and will vigorously defend against this baseless lawsuit in court.’
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