Attorneys Sidney Powell, Rudi Giuliani, and Mike Lindell on Thursday, in a federal district court in the District of Columbia, shared that the lawsuits filed by Dominion Voting Systems have to be rejected.
They stated that Dominion acted in a government capacity in the election by providing counties with election software. Resulting from that, their attorneys said that the firm must prove Powell and Lindell reacted with malice when stating against the company following the 2020 election.
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“If you are criticizing the government … that is not actionable,” Lindell’s attorney, Doug Daniels, shared. He also added that it must be framed as a government entity “because they’re administering the election.”
However, Tom Clare, Dominion’s lawyer, filed billion-dollar lawsuits against Lindell, Powell, and Giuliani. Clare disagreed with that argument.
“They’re trying to tag us falsely with the label of a government actor,” Clare stated. “Dominion doesn’t administer elections. Election officials do use the tools made by Dominion … That is a critical distinction.”
Powel, Lindell, and a few Dominion officials met at the court. Giuliani wasn’t there, but his attorney, Joseph Sibley, was. These three had previously filed motions where they require the judge to throw away Dominion’s suits against them.
“We are excited to see this process move forward to hold people accountable and defend Dominion’s good name,” responded Dominion.
Moreover, Powell’s lawyer, Howard Kleinhendler, declared she’s protected, and she didn’t act with malice due to her usage of witness affidavits submitted in court. Powel’s and Lindell’s lawyers argued that MyPillow is a fundraising website used by Powell, and it shouldn’t be sued in Washington.
Kleinhendler shared that when Powell publicly stated about the election, she used expert details, and her arguments had firm bases.
Nevertheless, Clare stated that Powell, Lindell, and Giuliani, made an allegation against the Dominion, but it was at the press or via their social media posts.
“These were statements made in press conferences, in rallies, on social media, on television, including after the very lawsuits that they’re referencing to the court were dismissed and after United States district courts told the world that … the sources of these allegations were wholly unreliable,” Clare stated.
According to the lawyers of Lindell and Powell, the Dominion wanted to silence its critics, and that’s breaking the First Amendment.
“This case is part of a coordinated crusade by [Dominion] to silence debate regarding a matter of the utmost public concern in a democratic society—the integrity of its elections,” Lindell’s lawyers wrote in court filings.
“Plaintiffs are a private company hired by the government to perform the critical governmental function of helping to conduct free and fair elections. The freedom to speak openly in the public square about such subjects is a keystone foundational freedom of our democracy. It is under assault in this lawsuit.”
On the other hand, Dominion’s lawyers said that the three defendants’ claims injured the company. In their lawsuits stands that the company faced more than $600,000 million lost in profit and revenue.
“The harm to Dominion’s business and reputation is unprecedented and irreparable because of how fervently millions of people believe it,” the lawyers wrote.
The company filed a defamation lawsuit against Fox News, attacking them for sharing fake news about the company.