Lawyer suggests that Georgia poll workers may sue Trump

 September 4, 2023

In a 57-page decision handed down last week, U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell found that former Trump advisor Rudy Giuliani defamed Georgia poll workers Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss.

However, their lawyer recently suggested that former President Donald Trump could find himself faced with a similar lawsuit. 

Lawyer says those who defame his clients "can expect to hear from us"

Mike Gottlieb represented Freeman and Moss, and according to the Washington Examiner, he discussed that possibility over the weekend.

"I can't really speak to that in a televised interview," Gottlieb told MSNBC host and former White House press secretary Jen Psaki during an interview on Sunday.

"If people continue to defame our clients, I don't care who they are – but if people continue to go out on TV and repeat these lies that we have demonstrated to be false, then they can expect to hear from us," he stressed.

The Examiner noted that Trump singled out Freeman while speaking on a 2021 telephone call with Georgia officials, slamming her as a "professional vote scammer" and a "hustler."

Judge slams Giuliani for failing to produce documents

In her ruling last Wednesday, Howell complained that Giuliani failed to come up with a series of documents that the rules of discovery required him to produce.

"The bottom line is that Giuliani has refused to comply with his discovery obligations and thwarted plaintiffs Ruby Freeman and Wandrea’ ArShaye Moss’s procedural rights to obtain any meaningful discovery in this case," the judge wrote.

"Yet, just as taking shortcuts to win an election carries risks — even potential criminal liability — bypassing the discovery process carries serious sanctions, no matter what reservations a noncompliant party may try artificially to preserve for appeal," she added.

The Examiner reported that Howell's ruling has paved the way for a civil trial for a civil trial which will determine how much Giuliani has to pay Freeman and Moss in damages.

Poll workers say they "were smeared for purely political reasons"

The Associated Press cited a statement from Freeman and Moss in which they described experiencing a "living nightmare" filled with "hatred and threats" thanks to Giuliani's allegations about them.

"Nothing can restore all we lost, but today’s ruling is yet another neutral finding that has confirmed what we have known all along: that there was never any truth to any of the accusations about us and that we did nothing wrong," the women declared.

"We were smeared for purely political reasons, and the people responsible can and should be held accountable," they went on to insist.

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