(RoyalPatriot.com )- Allies of former President Donald Trump asked a federal judge to throw out the defamation lawsuits brought by Dominion Voting Systems.
The comments were made Thursday in the suit, in which Dominion claims various prominent people made false assertions about the company’s role in election fraud.
Attorneys for lawyer Sidney Powell, Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell all asked for a dismissal of the suit. Carl Nichols, the District Court judge on the case who was appointed to his position by Trump, questioned the lawyers during Thursday’s hearing.
“Is it your view that if someone makes patently false statements in a lawsuit and then repeats them to the press that the statements to the press are not actionable?”
Howard Kleinhendler, the attorney in the case, responded by saying it depends on various factors, most importantly, whether the statement was made with malice.
In the months following the 2020 presidential election, Dominion Voting Systems filed the defamation suits against Trump’s allies. They claim the people defamed the company as part of a larger effort to cast doubt over the outcome of the presidential election, and that the claims of widespread voter fraud are baseless.
The company has claimed that the defendants’ falsehoods amount to a “viral disinformation campaign” that resulted in the company’s reputation being damaged. It also hurt their business, and led to some employees of the company receiving death threats.
In all the main cases, Dominion has included the words of the defendants to use against them. Their suit cites many public statements each of the defendants made, as well as what they said at public events and media appearances.
The crux of the claims the defendants made were that Dominion Voting Systems’ voting machines changed votes from Trump to Democrat Joe Biden, allowing Biden to win the presidency.
Attorneys for Powell say her case should be dismissed because “reasonable people would not accept such statements as fact.”
The attorneys for Giuliani have taken a more procedural approach. The attorneys for Lindell say he’s protected by free speech.
Andrew Parker, who’s representing MyPillow in the case, said:
“We’re going to become a society where opinions will be shut down. That’s how important this motion is.
“The statements made by Mike Lindell are true. He knows them to be true. He will prove that they are true, whether it be in this courtroom or not. It should not be in this courtroom, it should be in the marketplace of ideas.”
In these three lawsuits, Dominion Voting Systems is asking for more than $1 billion in damages.
A report in The Hill said Nichols “seemed largely skeptical of the defendants’ arguments” during the hearing on Thursday. Still, the media outlet said it wasn’t “entirely clear how he will rule on each of the motions to dismiss.”
If Dominion were to win at this stage in the process, they would likely have to make their full case in a court trial.