Dominion Voting Systems deposes Carlson, Hannity in suit against Fox News
Dominion brought the $1.6 billion defamation suit after the outlet covered its role in the 2020 presidential election
Fox News anchors Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity will sit for depositions with attorneys representing Dominion Voting Systems as part of the firm's ongoing defamation suit against the cable outlet.
Carlson will face deposition on Friday, while Hannity and former host Lou Dobbs will answer questions from Dominion attorneys next week, according to the New York Times.
Dominion brought the $1.6 billion defamation suit after the outlet covered its role in the 2020 presidential election, suggesting that the company was complicit in voter fraud.
Lawyers for the company have asserted that Fox knowingly aired false coverage about its voting machines and “decided to promote former President Trump’s narrative after Trump’s condemnation of Fox damaged its stock and viewership,” The Hill reported. The network sought to dismiss the suit on First Amendment grounds but a judge allowed the case to move forward.
Dominion voting machines were the subject of intense scrutiny by the Trump campaign and its allies after the 2020 presidential election, with many groups alleging they produced inaccurate vote tallies and were susceptible to the malicious influence of outside code.
Fox was adamant the network would triumph in the case, telling The Hill, “We are confident we will prevail as freedom of the press is foundational to our democracy and must be protected, in addition to the damages claims being outrageous, unsupported and not rooted in sound financial analysis, serving as nothing more than a flagrant attempt to deter our journalists from doing their jobs.”