2020 Election

Bill Barr subpoenaed to testify in defamation suit against Fox News regarding false election claims

Former Attorney General William Barr has been subpoenaed to testify in the ongoing lawsuit against Fox News brought by Dominion Voting Systems, the voting tech company which some Fox pundits falsely suggested played a role switching votes for Donald Trump to Joe Biden during the 2020 election, ABC News reports.

As ABC News points out, the subpoena, which was filed this week, indicated that the lawsuit is picking up steam.

Dominion’s $1.6 billion suit against Fox alleges that the network pushed false accusations that the company rigged the 2020 election in order to make a profit and boost ratings. “Fox sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process,” Dominion said in its complaint.

The subpoena was likely sparked by the fact that Barr had given testimony to the Jan. 6 committee saying that voter fraud conspiracy theories pushed by former President Donald Trump and his allies were “complete nonsense” and “amongst the most disturbing.”

“I told them it was crazy stuff and they were wasting their time on it, and they were doing a great disservice to the country,” Barr said of the Dominion conspiracy theories. “I saw absolutely zero basis for the allegations, but they were made in such a sensational way that they obviously were influencing a lot of people.”

Also recently subpoenaed was Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Christopher Krebbs, the former director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency who Trump fired in November 2020, and Benjamin Hovland, the former chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

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