January 27, 2023

Rudolph Giuliani and Sidney Powell, attorneys for President Donald Trump, are holding a press conference on Thursday, November 19, 2020, in the Republican National Committee on lawsuits related to the 2020 presidential election result.

Tom Williams | CQ Appeal, Inc. | Getty Images

Voting software company Smartmatic on Thursday filed a $ 2.7 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, three hosts of Fox, and attorneys Rudy Giulani and Sidney Powell for knowingly false claims of former President Donald Trump’s loss of the election.

Smartmatic accused the defendants of “making up a story” by deciding to “tell people that the election of President Trump and Vice President was stolen [Mike] Pence “by electoral fraud.

“Without a real villain, the defendants invented one. The defendants have decided to make Smartmatic the villain in their history,” reads the 285-page lawsuit filed with the Manhattan Supreme Court.

Fox News hosts Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro are among the named defendants.

Trump has refused for months to accept that President Joe Biden defeated him fairly in both the national referendum and the electoral college that actually determines who becomes president.

The president and his allies, including his personal attorney Giuliani and Powell, have repeatedly made false claims that there has been widespread fraud and tampering with voting machines that resulted in a Trump vote under count and ballot over count for Biden.

This is the latest news. Please try again.