moments after a federal judge ruled that dominion's lawsuits against mike lindell, sidney powell, giuliani, and others can proceed, lindell himself hustles off stage pic.twitter.com/rNbK4iyFyJ— John Whitehouse+ (@existentialfish) August 11, 2021
(Reuters) – Three prominent allies of former U.S. President Donald Trump -Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and Mike Lindell – on Wednesday lost a bid to dismiss multibillion dollar lawsuits saying their false claims about the 2020 presidential election defamed the Dominion voting equipment company.
A federal judge has rejected ex-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell's argument that "no reasonable person" would believe her election-fraud claims were statements of fact.— Brad Heath (@bradheath) August 11, 2021
Dominion's suits against her, Giuliani and MyPillow will go forward. https://t.co/uSd5kHXqLs pic.twitter.com/3dE5a65nFQ
U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols in Washington D.C. said in a written decision that lawsuits brought against the trio by Dominion Voting Systems should move forward. The company had said it was defamed because Trump and his supporters spread false claims that it rigged the election against him.
This is huge— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) August 11, 2021
Giuliani, Powell, Lindell Can’t Dodge Election Fraud Defamation Suit, Judge Says https://t.co/9gn5FDN0Wt
Nichols held that the First Amendment, which protects the right to free speech, offers “no blanket immunity” to Powell and Lindell in the lawsuits. Powell is a lawyer who later left the Trump campaign. Lindell is a conspiracy theorist who founded a pillow and bedding company.
The judge also rejected an argument by Giuliani, a former U.S. prosecutor and mayor of New York, that Dominion had not explained its request for money damages with enough specificity.
A Dominion spokesperson said: “We are pleased to see this process moving forward to hold (the defendants) accountable.”
Howard Kleinhendler, a lawyer for Powell, said they were disappointed with the decision. “However, we now look forward to litigating this case on its merits and proving that Ms. Powell’s statements were accurate and certainly not published with malice.”
Chef’s kiss quote from the ruling advancing Dominion’s defamation claims against Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and MyPillow, via @Aaron_Keller_ https://t.co/BkrRuXrjzQ via @lawcrimenews pic.twitter.com/rN8RVD5eFY— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) August 11, 2021
Lawyers for Giuliani and Lindell did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Dominion has sought $1.3 billion in damages from the three, who supported Trump’s false claims that President Joe Biden could not have won the election in which the company’s voting machines were used. Read more..