Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani sued by Dominion voting machine firm
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A firm which provided voting machinery in last year’s US presidential election is filing a defamation suit against Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudolph Giuliani, seeking $1.3bn (£950m) in damages.
Dominion Voting Systems accuses Mr Giuliani of using Twitter and media appearances to promote a false narrative that the election was stolen.
Mr Trump has refused to concede that Joe Biden won the 2020 election fairly.
Mr Giuliani said the case would give him a chance to prove his allegations.
Following the election Mr Giuliani repeated claims that Dominion was a Venezuelan enterprise and its machines switched votes from Mr Trump, a Republican, to Mr Biden, a Democrat.
But the accusations have been rejected by courts in a number of states.
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Also, Mr Trump’s Attorney General William Barr said in December that his department had found no evidence to back up Mr Trump’s claims of fraud.
The US Congress verified Mr Biden’s victory on 6 January.
In court documents, Dominion alleges that Mr Giuliani “and his allies manufactured and disseminated the ‘Big Lie,’ which foreseeably went viral and deceived millions of people into believing that Dominion had stolen their votes and fixed the election”.
It said he repeated the “lie” even after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in Washington DC on 6 January.
The riots came as Mr Trump and Mr Giuliani continued to deny that Mr Biden had won the election and claim widespread voter fraud.https://emp.bbc.com/emp/SMPj/2.39.11/iframe.htmlmedia captionFormer President Trump alleges “massive fraud” without evidence