Lawsuits are coming.
Dominion Voting Systems, one of many targets of President Donald Trump's baseless conspiracy theories in regards to the election that he misplaced, has warned Fox News, main Fox personalities, different conservative media shops, radio host Rush Limbaugh and conservative legal professionals that defamation litigation in opposition to them is "imminent."
The voting machine firm this week has despatched 21 letters to the White House, Fox News, its hosts Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo, the information shops Newsmax, One America News Network, Epoch Times and others demanding they cease making defamatory claims about Dominion and that they protect any paperwork they’ve regarding the agency.
"We write to provide formal notice that litigation regarding these issues is imminent," Dominion's legal professionals Thomas Clare and Megan Meier wrote to Fox News Media General Counsel Lily Fu Claffee in one of many letters, which had been offered to CNBC.
In their letters to particular person information hosts, together with Bartiromo, a former CNBC worker, the legal professionals demanded that they "cease and desist making defamatory claims against Dominion," saying that they’d "featured and continue to feature the proponents of this misinformation campaign against" the corporate.
Others who’ve obtained related letters warning of coming litigation and calls for for doc preservation embody Trump's private lawyer Rudy Giuliani; lawyer L. Lin Wood, who has challenged the presidential election ends in Georgia, and Newsmax anchor Greg Kelly.
CNBC has requested touch upon the letters from their recipients.
During an interview Thursday on CNN, Dominion CEO John Poulos stated the corporate can be taking authorized motion in opposition to a number of folks "promoting lies and amplifying those lies … on various media platforms since Election Day."
"We will not be overlooking anybody," Poulos stated, when requested if the corporate would sue Trump.
Trump, since dropping the nationwide standard vote to Joe Biden by greater than 7 million votes, has promoted a collection of false claims to argue that he gained the election in a landslide, and that ballots for him had been fraudulently suppressed, whereas votes for Biden had been artificially added in a handful of states the place the outcomes had been notably shut.
On Nov. 12, simply 9 days after Election Day, Trump tweeted a declare that "DOMINION DELETED 2.7 MILLION TRUMP VOTES NATIONWIDE."
One of essentially the most ardent proponents of the conspiracy theories about Dominion has been Sidney Powell, who final month was booted from the workforce of legal professionals working for Trump's marketing campaign to overturn Biden's win as a result of her excessive claims had been being broadly criticized. Since final week, Powell has met with Trump at the very least as soon as and visited the White House thrice in connection together with her efforts.
Dominion's legal professionals have additionally despatched Powell a letter warning of defamation claims.
In his interview with CNN, Poulos stated Powell's claims that his firm's voting machine options software program created "at the direction" of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a boogeyman for right-wing media, and that Dominion has hyperlinks to the Clinton Foundation and George Soros are "complete lies."
Dominion's safety director, Eric Coomer, sued the Trump marketing campaign, Giuliani, Powell and a variety of conservative media shops.
Coomer's swimsuit says that he has develop into the goal of dying threats and different dangerous communications due to the defendants' false claims made about Dominion's machines.
On its web site, Dominion has stated that "disinformation" in regards to the firm represents a menace to democracy.
"Baseless claims about the integrity of the system or the accuracy of the results have been dismissed by election authorities, subject matter experts and third-party fact-checkers," the corporate says.
"Malicious and misleading false claims about Dominion have resulted in dangerous levels of threats and harassment against the company and its employees, as well as election officials."
Last week, one other voting machine firm, Smartmatic, stated that it had issued authorized notices and retraction demand letters to Fox News, Newsmax and OAN "for publishing false and defamatory statements."
"The demand letters identify dozens of factually inaccurate statements made by each of the organizations as part of a 'disinformation campaign' to injure Smartmatic and discredit the 2020 U.S. election," the corporate stated on the time.
"Smartmatic had nothing to do with the "controversies" that certain public and private figures have alleged regarding the 2020 U.S. election," the corporate stated. "Multiple fact-checkers have consistently debunked these false statements with stunning consistency and regularity."
Smartmatic stated that regardless of false claims on the contrary, the corporate's "only involvement in the United States in the 2020 election was as the manufacturing partner, system integrator, and software developer for Los Angeles County's publicly owned voting system."
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