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US/Canadian-Media: US $1.3 billion in damages is being sought by Toronto's Dominion Voting Systems from former U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, accusing him and his allies in manufacturing and disseminating lies which went viral and deceived millions of people into believing that Dominion had stolen their votes and fixed the election.
Rudy Giuliani. Image credit: Facebook page
For two months Trump and his allies denied his election defeat to Democrat Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 election and had been claiming without evidence that it was the result of widespread voter fraud before his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Democrats said that the storming of the Capitol building was to enable the country to move forward and ensure such a siege never happens again.
Although some Republican senators agreed with Democrats, the number was not close to the number needed to convict Trump.
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney was the lone Republican to vote to convict Trump when the Senate acquitted, while Republican senators Mike Rounds, John Cornyn, and Lindsey Graham were among those who recently voiced opposition to the impeachment trial.
One of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's nine impeachment managers, Rep. Madeleine Dean, a Democrat from Pennsylvania said Trump's encouragement of his loyalists before the riot was an extraordinarily heinous presidential crime.
Trump's supporters invaded the Capitol and interrupted the electoral count as he falsely claimed there was massive fraud in the Nov. 3 election and that it was stolen by Biden. Trump's claims were roundly rejected in the courts, including by judges appointed by Trump, and by state election officials.
Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware said in an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday the insurrection was a "stunning violation" of the centuries-old tradition of peaceful transfers of power and added,
"It is a critical moment in American history, and we have to look at it and look at it hard," Coons said.
Formed in Toronto in 2002, with its U.S. headquarters in Denver, Co., Dominion filed an earlier lawsuit against Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell, accusing him of spreading false conspiracy theories for two months about the election.
Dominion Voting System. Image credit: dominionvoting.com