Paul Ryan will be deposed in Dominion's $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News over election conspiracy theories
- Dominion is scheduled to depose Paul Ryan in its lawsuit against Fox News.
- The company alleges Fox News pushed false conspiracy theories about its role in the 2020 election.
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan will be deposed by Dominion Voting Systems in its $1.6 billion lawsuit against Fox News, a new court filing shows.
Ryan joined the Fox Corporation board of directors in 2019 after choosing not to run for re-election in the 2018 midterms. He had been speaker of the House of Representatives for more than three years while Republicans were in power, capping off 20 years in Congress.
The election technology company is scheduled to depose Ryan on Tuesday morning, according to the filing, which was submitted to court Friday and made public Monday. Dominion sued the Fox News Network and its parent entity Fox Corporation in 2021, alleging they defamed the company by pushing false conspiracy theories about its role in the 2020 presidential election.
Following former President Donald Trump's loss in the election, Fox News hosts repeatedly interviewed Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, two attorneys who spread false claims alleging Dominion was in cahoots with a rival election technology company, Smartmatic, and flipped votes from Trump in favor of now-President Joe Biden. Dominion alleges that Fox News hosts didn't sufficiently push back on the falsehoods, and in some cases perpetuated them. Dominion also claims that the hosts — Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo, and Jeanine Pirro — knew or should have known that the conspiracy theories had no merit.
Fox News has denied the allegations and says it was simply reporting on newsworthy claims brought by the sitting president of the United States.
The trial between Dominion and Fox News is scheduled to begin in April in a Delaware state court. Dominion and Smartmatic have both filed separate lawsuits against Powell and Giuliani, and Smartmatic has a pending defamation lawsuit against Fox News in a New York state court.
A Friday court filing also shows that Dominion is soon scheduled to depose Raj Shah, another Fox Corporation executive. Prior to his role at Fox, which began in 2019, Shah spent two years in communications roles at Trump's White House.
Dominion deposed Fox Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch over two days, on January 19 and 20, court records show. Dominion alleges that Murdoch and his son Lachlan Murdoch stood to benefit by pushing election lies.
Over the past several months, Dominion and Fox News have been wrangling over the scope of evidence each side will be able to obtain in the discovery process. In a filing earlier this month, Dominion complained that the Fox entities have refused to hand over an internal video made to celebrate Rupert Murdoch's 90th birthday.
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