Rudy Giuliani goes to trial on Monday in a civil defamation case that could force him to pay millions of dollars to two Georgia election workers he falsely accused of working to rig the 2020 presidential election against Donald Trump, Andrew Goudsward reports for Reuters. Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, a voter registration officer, and her mother Ruby Freeman, who was a temporary worker for the election accused Giuliani of orchestrating a “sustained smear campaign” by falsely accusing them of election fraud as Giuliani searched for evidence to bolster Trump’s effort to overturn his election loss to Democrat Joe Biden.
A federal judge has already determined that Giuliani is liable for defaming the two women, the only question for the jury is how much he will owe in damages. Giuliani’s lawyer intends to argue that Giuliani’s remarks had a minimal connection to the harm Moss and Freeman suffered, while a spokesman for former mayor and Trump attorney said the case is politically motivated. Both the two women and Giuliani himself are expected to testify at the trial, which is due to conclude this week.