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Dominion Voting Systems sues Rudy Giuliani for $1.3 billion

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Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sued Rudy Giuliani, saying that former President Donald Trump‘s personal lawyer defamed the company by spreading allegations that the company stole the 2020 presidential election for President Joe Biden.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, seeks over $1.3 billion in damages and argues that Giuliani and his allies promoted claims against Dominion, “which foreseeably went viral and deceived millions of people into believing that Dominion had stolen their votes and fixed the election.”

“For Dominion — whose business is producing and providing voting systems for elections — there are no accusations that could do more to damage Dominion’s business or to impugn Dominion’s integrity, ethics, honesty, and financial integrity,” the lawsuit reads. “Giuliani’s statements were calculated to — and did in fact — provoke outrage and cause Dominion enormous harm.”

“Dominion’s defamation lawsuit for $1.3B will allow me to investigate their history, finances, and practices fully and completely,” a spokesperson for Giuliani told this reporter. “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 for violating these Constitutional rights.”

According to Dominion’s website, voting machines and other election equipment used by more than 40% of U.S. voters are provided by the company.

Starting in November, after the general election, some pro-Trump conservatives began to make a series of allegations that the company rigged the presidential election for Biden, including Giuliani.

On November 11, Giuliani tweeted out: “Any information about Dominion? Strange to pick a foreign company to count the US vote. Something wrong with this?”

The case also argues that the former New York mayor’s allegations about the company and the election being “stolen” helped in motivating the mob that violently stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6 to prevent Congress from voting to certify Biden’s victory.

At a January 6 rally in front of the White House against Congress certifying Biden’s win, Giuliani said: “Last night, one of the experts that has examined these crooked Dominion machines has absolutely what he believes is conclusive proof that in the last 10%, 15% of the vote counted, the votes were deliberately changed. By the same algorithm that was used in cheating President Trump and Vice President Pence. Same algorithm, same system, same thing was done with the same machines.”

“Having been deceived by Giuliani and his allies into thinking that they were not criminals — but patriots ‘Defend(ing) the Republic’ from Dominion and its co-conspirators — they then bragged about their involvement in the crime on social media,” Dominion’s filing claims.

Dominion is also suing pro-Trump allies such as Sidney Powell, who has claimed that Dominion was a Venezuelan company who rigged the 2020 election for the country’s late socialist dictator Hugo Chavez.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment

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Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.

In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.

“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”

The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”

Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.

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