Dominion sues Trump-friendly broadcasters for fraud
Voting machine maker Dominion Voting Systems on Tuesday filed libel lawsuits against right-wing broadcasters and a prominent Donald Trump ally for their baseless claims that the 2020 election was tainted with fraud.
The lawsuits target Newsmax, One America News, their executives and former Overstock.com chief executive Patrick Byrne. Dominion claims their false claims that the company rigged President Biden’s election cost him $ 1.6 billion in lost profits, company value and reputation damage.
“We are filing these three cases today because the named defendants show no remorse, nor any sign that they intend to stop spreading disinformation,” Dominion CEO John Poulos said in a statement. communicated.
Dominion filed libel lawsuits this year against Fox News and its Trump allies Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow.
Dominion, a leading provider of vote counting machines and software in the country, has faced a deluge of allegations from allies and supporters of Trump, including that the company was set up in Venezuela to rig the elections for the late leader Hugo Chavez and that she has the option to change votes.
Dominion says One America News and Newsmax trumpeted these false claims to increase their own profits at Dominion’s expense.
Law enforcement and electoral efforts, including Trump’s Attorney General Bill Barr, confirmed that there was not enough electoral fraud to influence the results.
One America News founder Charles Herring did not respond to a text message seeking comment.
Byrne responded to a request for comment by texting a graph supposedly plotting the results of a Senate run-off election in Georgia.
Brian Peterson, spokesperson for Newsmax, said the company’s coverage of the 2020 election was based on allegations made by the president, his advisers and members of Congress.
“Dominion’s action today is a clear attempt to silence such reporting and undermine a free press,” Peterson said in a statement.