Rudy Giuliani Says He Didn't Check Dominion Election Fraud 'Evidence'—'Not My Job'

Rudy Giuliani has said in a sworn deposition that it was "not my job [to]...investigate every piece of evidence" in claims of voter fraud against electronic voting company Dominion Voting Systems.

The ex-Mayor of New York and former lawyer for one-term President Donald Trump made the remarks as part of sworn testimony in a defamation case being brought against him by Eric Coomer, who was an executive at Dominion.

Coomer has been a central figure in baseless conspiracy theories on mass voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election and went into hiding following threats against his life.

CNN obtained footage of Giuliani's August 14 deposition, along with sworn video testimony from former Trump lawyer Sidney Powell from July 20.

Coomer is suing Powell and Giuliani for defamation, and his attorney pressed the lawyers on claims of irregularities in the last presidential election.

Giuliani discussed a conspiracy theory that Dominion Voting Systems and another electronic voting company, Smartmatic, conspired with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who died in 2013.

"We had a report that the heads of Dominion and Smartmatic, somewhere in the mid-tweens, you know 2013, '14, whatever, went down to Venezuela for a get-to-know meeting with [President Nicolás] Maduro so they could demonstrate to Maduro the kind of vote fixing they did for Chavez," Giuliani said.

Earlier in his deposition, Giuliani appeared to suggest he had not reviewed the claim about the two voting machine bosses traveling to Venezuela to met with Maduro.

"Sometimes I go and look myself, online - when stuff comes up. This time I didn't have the time to do it," he said.

Giuliani went on: "It's not my job, in a fast-moving case, to go out and investigate every piece of evidence that was given to me. Otherwise, you're never going to write a story. You'll never come to a conclusion."

In a statement issued to Newsweek, Dominion Voting Systems said: "Giuliani's deposition testimony further confirms what Dominion describes in our complaint against him. We intend to hold Giuliani, and others who spread disinformation about Dominion, to account."

On November 19, 2020, Giuliani and Powell held a notorious press conference in which they alleged voter fraud was nationwide and centrally coordinated. It was the first time Powell publicly sought to link the voting companies to Venezuela.

Dominion and Smartmatic have consistently and strongly denied accusations that they engaged in any fraud, including during the 2020 presidential election. The companies have filed a number of defamation suits against individuals and news outlets about fraud claims. Dominion is suing Giuliani in a $1.3 billion suit.

Newsweek has asked Smartmatic for comment.

Update 11/06/21 07.54 a.m. E.T.: This article was updated to include a statement from Dominion Voting Systems.

Rudy Giuliani Points at a Map
Rudy Giuliani points to a map as he speaks to the press about various lawsuits related to the 2020 election, inside the Republican National Committee headquarters on November 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. Giuliani sat for a deposition in a defamation case being brought against him by a former executive at Dominion Voting Systems. Drew Angerer/Getty Images