According to Fox News, Donald Trump’s campaign spokesperson “There is no physical problem” with the Dominion Voice Systems machines used in the 2020 election, according to a newly released audio recording.
Dominion has filed a $1.6 billion defamation suit against the network and its parent company, Fox, for spreading false information linking its devices to voter fraud. The network has denied the allegations.
The idea that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from Trump has been dismissed by independent pollsters and legal experts.
In recent years, many lawmakers have embraced the former president’s testimony and questioned the fairness of American elections. After the 2022 election deadline, some winning Republicans said they lost because of voter fraud, though those claims have been rejected in court.
The audio was produced in December 2020 by former Fox News producer Abby Grossberg and aired on MSNBC.
Grossberg is suing his former employer, alleging he was “harassed, intimidated and coerced” into giving false evidence in the Dominion case. Fox dismissed the claim as “false”.
In the audio, a Fox News producer told a Trump campaign representative, “If there’s one of these [voting] Machines” were investigated for voter fraud.
The official asked to speak for the record and said, “It is our understanding that there was no physical problem with the equipment during these inspections.”
Fox News resigned Wednesday following allegations that a Delaware Superior Court judge withheld audio testimony.
He told the BBC that the network had done nothing wrong and “created more information about Ms. Grossberg than we first knew about her.”
Jury selection in the defamation case begins Thursday.
News week Fox News was contacted by email for comment.
Judge Davis said Wednesday that the company’s legal team had not investigated Rupert Murdoch’s role at the news network.
Dominion’s lawyers said Fox News only admitted on Sunday that Murdoch was the network’s chief executive, saying he had no previous official role.
“My problem is that it’s been said over and over that it’s not official,” Judge Davis said.
A Fox News spokesperson said the company has no intention of misleading anyone and that “Rupert Murdoch has been listed in SEC filings as the CEO of Fox News for many years, and this filing was filed by Dominion’s attorneys on his behalf.”
Trump, the front-runner for the 2024 Republican nomination, still refuses to concede defeat to Joe Biden in the 2020 election. The former president has pleaded not guilty to charges in New York and is on trial in Georgia for trying to overturn the state’s 2020 election results.
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