Donald Trump’s former lawyer and New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani made a major admission on Tuesday.
According to The Hill, Giuliani is dropping efforts to challenge claims from two Georgia election workers that he falsely accused the pair of manipulating ballots in the 2020 election.
In 2021, two Fulton County, GA poll workers, Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, sued Giuliani for defamation over statements he made falsely claiming they played a role in fixing the election. The election workers also filed a defamation lawsuit against One America News Network.
In a two-page statement filed Tuesday, Giuliani said that he will “not contest” that those statements were “false” and “carry meaning that is defamatory.” In his statement, Giuliani also said he will not challenge the “factual elements of liability” regarding the election workers’ allegations of “intentional infliction of emotional distress and other related tort claims.”
However, his statement maintains that those concessions do not affect his argument that the statements and opinions he made were “constitutionally protected.” The statement also notes that he is conceding on these allegations “for the purposes of deciding this case on legal issues.”
A series of probes led by Georgia’s Secretary of State’s office and special agents within the FBI and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation found those allegations against the poll workers “were false and unsubstantiated.”