Oddly enough, until that very day, Giuliani had stuck to the ridiculous idea that Trump was the winner. What prompted that change of heart? Perhaps the $1.3 billion lawsuit slapped on him by Dominion Voting Systems had something to do with that. Dominion accuses Giuliani of defamation.
Giuliani spent the months after the election spreading the debunked conspiracy theory that Dominion’s voting machines were fraudulent and turned Trump votes into votes for Biden. He spread this theory across social media, during radio and television interviews, on his podcast, and he even made a speech about it at the “Stop the Steal” rally held at the Capitol on January 6th, just prior to the fatal siege.
Just after being served with the lawsuit, Giuliani said the action would allow him “to investigate their history, finances, and practices fully and completely.”
His statement said, “The amount being asked for is, quite obviously, intended to frighten people of faint heart. It is another act of intimidation by the hate-filled left-wing to wipe out and censor the exercise of free speech, as well as the ability of lawyers to defend their clients vigorously. As such, we will investigate a countersuit against them…”
He added, “We’ll have a nice fight” and then said, “I fight in the courtroom.”
Thanks to Trump, Giuliani faces a plethora of legal issues. He is the subject of a criminal investigation by the Manhattan US attorney’s office for possible violation of foreign-lobbying laws and there have been multiple attempts to get him disbarred.
Dominion CEO, John Poulos, accused Giuliani of having “actively propagated disinformation to purposefully mislead voters.”
He also said: “Because Giuliani and others incessantly repeated the false claims about my company on a range of media platforms, some of our own family and friends are among the Americans who were duped.”
The lawsuit focused on Giuliani’s repeated accusations that Dominion had engaged in fraud. The lawsuit went so far as to list individuals that believed Giuliani’s claims, too. Giuliani’s speech at the “Stop the Steal” rally is believed to incited the insurrection that day.
During that rally, Trump also encouraged his supporters to physically march to the Capitol to stop the process and they took his advice, heading to the Capitol where they vandalized property, committed theft, and tried to hunt down lawmakers who were at work.
The riot took the lives of five people that day, including one officer who was reportedly beaten with a fire extinguisher.
Giuliani had tried, and ultimately failed, to obtain a pardon from Trump before he left office.