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  • Voting software company Smartmatic on Thursday filed a $2.7 billion libel suit against Fox News, three Fox hosts, and the lawyers Rudy Giulani and Sidney Powell over what the firm said are knowingly false claims about former President Donald Trump’s election loss.
  • Smartmatic accused the defendants of “inventing a story” to by deciding “to tell people that the election was stolen from President Trump and Vice President [Mike] Pence” by ballot fraud.
  • “Without any true villain, Defendants invented one. Defendants decided to make Smartmatic the villain in their story,” the suit says.

© Provided by CNBC Rudolph Giuliani and Sidney Powell, attorneys for President Donald Trump, conduct a news conference at the Republican National Committee on lawsuits regarding the outcome of the 2020 presidential election on Thursday, November 19, 2020.

Voting software company Smartmatic on Thursday filed a $2.7 billion libel suit against Fox News, three Fox hosts, and the lawyers Rudy Giulani and Sidney Powell over what the firm said are knowingly false claims about former President Donald Trump’s election loss.

Smartmatic accused the defendants of “inventing a story” to by deciding “to tell people that the election was stolen from President Trump and Vice President [Mike] Pence” by ballot fraud.

“Without any true villain, Defendants invented one. Defendants decided to make Smartmatic the villain in their story,” says the 285-page suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Fox News hosts Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro are among the named defendants in the complaint, which accuses all of them of falsely saying or implying that Smartmatic’s election technology and software was comprised or hacked during the 2020 election, among other false claims.

Trump for months has refused to accept that President Joe Biden fairly defeated him in both the national popular vote and the Electoral College, which actually determines who becomes president.

The president and his allies, including his personal lawyer Giuliani and Powell, have repeatedly made false claims that there was widespread fraud and manipulaton of voting machines that led to an undercount of Trump votes and and overcount of ballots for Biden.

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