Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis could testify in election worker defamation trial

Rudy Giuliani may head to the witness stand to testify in his own defense during a trial that will determine how much damage his false statements caused to a pair of mother-daughter election workers at the center of false conspiracy theories surrounding the 2020 election. .

Donald Trump's former lawyer, who was found guilty of defaming Georgia campaign workers Ruby Freeman and Shay Moss, could be called to testify about his false statements as well as his team's efforts to overturn the presidential election of 2020, according to a Tuesday filing with Outline. of the case.

Jenna Ellis, among the lawyers with Giuliani who launched a bogus legal campaign to overturn the election results, is also on the trial's witness list, along with other Trump-connected figures including Bernie Carrick and Christina Bob .

The trial is scheduled to begin on December 11 and last up to four days.

The only remaining issue at trial will be determining how much Mr. Giuliani owes the defendants on their claims of defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, civil conspiracy and punitive damages.

A default judgment by US District Judge Beryl Howell in August rebuked Mr Giuliani for his failure to turn over evidence in the case and attempts to cast himself as a victim of wrongful prosecution.

“Putting on a cloak of victimhood may play well on a public stage to certain audiences, but in a court of law that performance has only served to subvert the normal discovery process in a simple defamation case,” the judge wrote.

In statements to lawmakers during hearings in 2020, Mr. Giuliani falsely accused the women of tampering with election results, including hiding ballots in suitcases and swapping a USB drive to change the number of votes in the tallying machines.

His remarks “helped unleash a wave of hate and threats that we could never have imagined,” the women said. The independent in a statement earlier this month after a federal judge ordered Mr. Giuliani liable for defamation.

“It cost us our sense of security and our freedom to get on with our lives,” they added.

Rudy Giuliani speaks at a news conference next to Jenna Ellis, left, reinforcing false allegations of fraud in the wake of the 2020 election

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Mr. Giuliani is also among the co-defendants in a criminal trial accusing the former New York mayor of participating in a criminal enterprise to throw out Georgia's election results. He is also among the unindicted co-conspirators in a federal criminal case targeting Mr Trump over an alleged multi-state conspiracy to rig the 2020 results.

He is expected to testify, in person, for an hour in his defamation case next month.

Ms. Freeman and Ms. Moss are also expected to testify for nearly two hours and up to three hours, respectively.

Ms. Ellis – who was among the co-defendants in the Georgia case – recently reached a plea deal with Fulton County prosecutors charging her with complicity in making false statements and writings.

Her testimony at Mr. Giuliani's trial could discuss Mr. Giuliani's “efforts and strategy” to overturn the election results, as well as video of the women working to count the ballots on election night that he falsely claimed depicted forgery, according to the filing. Her testimony is expected to last 15 minutes in direct examination.

Christina Bobb — a former One America News Network anchor who also faced a lawsuit from Ms. Freeman and Ms. Moss — promoted false claims about the 2020 election during her appearances on the far-right television network. He has since joined Mr. Trump's legal team with his Save America PAC.

“He may testify regarding cooperation with defendant Giuliani to overturn the 2020 presidential election and the allegations against plaintiffs at issue in this litigation,” according to the latest joint filing. Her testimony is also expected to last 15 minutes in direct examination.