Donald Trump’s former attorney Rudy Giuliani admitted in court documents that he lied about two Georgia election workers he accused of rigging the 2020 presidential election in the state for Joe Biden.
Giuliani conceded in court filings late Tuesday that he made false statements about Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, by accusing them of counting extra votes in Fulton County.
“[Giuliani] does not contest that to the extent the statements were statements of fact and otherwise actionable, such actionable factual statements are false,” his lawyers wrote in the signed filing.
Despite the admission, Giuliani insisted that he should not be found liable because the statements “did not carry meaning that is defamatory” and that they are “constitutionally protected statements or opinions.”
The filing came as part of a defamation lawsuit brought by Freeman and Moss, who alleged they received death threats and harassment due to the accusations leveled against them by Giuliani.
Ted Goodman, Giuliani’s political adviser told Newsweek that his actions were an attempt to move on to a dismissal of the case
Giuliani “did not acknowledge that the statements were false but did not contest it in order to move on to the portion of the case that will permit a motion to dismiss,” Goodman said. “This is a legal issue, not a factual issue. Those out to smear the mayor are ignoring the fact that this stipulation is designed to get to the legal issues of the case.”