Fox News host Sean Hannity reportedly testified during a deposition in the lawsuit between Dominion Voting Systems and Fox News that he never believed attorney Sidney Powell’s claims of machine tampering and election fraud following the 2020 presidential election.
The revelation comes from The New York Times which ran with the story on Wednesday.
Hannity’s answer came in response to a question concerning allegations made by Powell, the former federal prosecutor who represented President Trump in election-related lawsuits. She charged that states using Dominion’s voting machines were rigged and the results obtained from them were fraudulent.
Powell repeated the claim on Hannity’s Fox News program on Nov. 30, 2020, just a couple of weeks after the election was handed to President Joe Biden. She insisted there had been “corruption all across the country, in countless districts.” Many still believe that contention.
New York Times: Sean Hannity testified under oath he never believed Trump’s claims of election fraud. In his deposition in the Dominion suit against Fox News, Hannity stated, “I did not believe it for one second”. pic.twitter.com/I8s8AKKtem
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Dominion is currently suing Fox News for defamation and is seeking $1.6 billion in damages. Powell is also being sued by the company.
The New York Times reported:
At the center of this imagined plot were machines from Dominion Voting Systems, which Ms. Powell claimed ran an algorithm that switched votes for Mr. Trump to votes for Joseph R. Biden Jr. Dominion machines, she insisted, were being used ‘to trash large batches of votes.
Mr. Hannity interrupted her with a gentle question that had been circulating among election deniers, despite a lack of supporting proof: Why were Democrats silencing whistle-blowers who could prove this fraud?
When the Fox News host was asked during the deposition if he believed what Powell was claiming, he allegedly responded, “I did not believe it for one second.”
The Old Gray Lady noted:
That was the answer Mr. Hannity gave, under oath, in a deposition in Dominion’s $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, according to information disclosed in a court hearing on Wednesday. The hearing was called to address several issues that need to be resolved before the case heads for a jury trial, which the judge has scheduled to begin in April.
The leftist media outlet asserted that Hannity’s testimony “is among the strongest evidence yet to emerge publicly that some Fox employees knew that what they were broadcasting was false.”
Dominion’s attorneys argued in court Wednesday that “not a single Fox witness” has substantiated the allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election.
“Many of the highest-ranking Fox people have admitted under oath that they never believed the Dominion lies,” one of Dominion’s attorneys stated.
Another lawyer for Dominion claimed that the company has evidence that Fox News tried to prevent Powell from making election fraud claims.
“Another previously unknown detail emerged on Wednesday about what was going on inside the Fox universe in those frantic weeks after the election,” the Times report noted. “A second lawyer representing Dominion, Justin Nelson, told Judge Davis about evidence obtained by Dominion showing that an employee of the Fox Corporation, the parent company of Fox News, had tried to intervene with the White House to stop Ms. Powell. According to Mr. Nelson, that employee called the fraud claims ‘outlandish’ and pressed Mr. Trump’s staff to get rid of Ms. Powell, who was advising the president on filing legal challenges to the results.”
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