Bad news for the three conspiracy theorist besties of The Former Guy. Wednesday, a judge ruled the lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Machines seeking $1.3 billion from Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and Mike Lindell can proceed. The lawsuit seeks that monetary damage from EACH of the defendants based on defamation. The three stooges attempted to get the lawsuit thrown out under the protection of the First Amendment, claiming that that they were protected under a right of free speech.
Well, that didn't fly. U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols determined that the lawsuits should move forward.
Dominion is obviously pleased, releasing a statement following the ruling:
"We are pleased to see this process moving forward to hold (the defendants) accountable."
In addition to the lawsuits filed against these three, they just filed defamation lawsuits against two right wing networks, One America News Network and Newsmax, seeking $1.6 billion in damages from each network.
Twitter exploded with glee:
Lindell, immediately after the news broke. He was at his "Cyber Symposium" and ran off stage.
moments after a federal judge ruled that dominion's lawsuits against mike lindell, sidney powell, giuliani, and others can proceed, lindell himself hustles off stage pic.twitter.com/rNbK4iyFyJ
— John Whitehouse+ (@existentialfish) August 11, 2021
— Jodi Young (@Shantijo123) August 11, 2021
They all claimed they looked forward to the litigation and the discovery process, while at the same time trying to get the case dismissed.
— James G (@jamgilcw) August 11, 2021
— Manchin and Sinema are members of the GOP (@TrueWordsRSpoke) August 11, 2021
— Sue London (@londonsgirl) August 11, 2021
Ok, let's see..
$1.3 billion divided by $199 per Cameo video
6,532,661 more videos to go when you back out the two he did so far.
— Seymour (@AntiBoomerRube) August 11, 2021
Dominion has good lawyers. https://t.co/6KLAgQHNHX
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) August 11, 2021
Welp, it looks like the Kraken WAS released, but it was actually Dominion's lawyers all along.