As we wait for the trial to get underway, here is the latest polling update on Rudy Giuliani’s former boss Donald Trump:
According to a new Bloomberg poll released on Thursday, Trump is leading Joe Biden in seven swing states.
Eleven months before the election, Trump is leading Biden by 5 percentage points among registered voters in a head-to-head matchup across seven swing states. Trump’s lead is inside the margin of error in Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, but is larger in Georgia and North Carolina. The poll had a margin of error of 1 percentage point for all seven states combined and between 3 and 5 percentage points for individual states.
With Rudy Giuliani set to testify in federal court on Thursday, here is the Guardian’s Sam Levine – who has been reporting from the courthouse – on the significance of this closely watched defamation case:
Rudy Giuliani is set to testify on Thursday in a federal defamation case to determine how much he should have to pay two Atlanta election workers he spread false statements about after the 2020 election.
Giuliani’s testimony will cap a closely-watched week-long defamation case. It comes after the two Black workers, Shaye Moss and her mother Ruby Freeman, gave harrowing testimony about how Giuliani’s lies upended their lives. Among other things, Moss said she is afraid to go anywhere alone and Freeman said she is afraid to give anyone her name and still wears a mask and sunglasses in public so she won’t be recognized. They are seeking $15.5m to $43m in damages from Giuliani.
It’s not clear how the former New York City mayor will defend himself. He has already conceded that he made false statements the two workers and Beryl Howell, the US district judge, has already found him liable for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and civil conspiracy. The only question for the eight-member jury is how much to award in damages.
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Rudy Giuliani is set to testify on Thursday in the closely watched federal defamation trial involving two former Atlanta election workers he spread defamatory and false statements about following the 2020 presidential election.
The testimony from Donald Trump’s former lawyer will follow the harrowing testimonies delivered earlier this week by Shaye Moss and her mother Ruby Freeman, both of whom described the long-lasting impacts Giuliani’s lies have had on their lives.
On Tuesday, Moss told the court that after Giuliani falsely accused her of fraudulently counting mail-in ballots, she prays on most days that “God does not wake me up and I just disappear.” She added that she often fears that her son will come home from school and discover her and his grandmother hanging from a tree in their yard.
Freeman’s testimony followed on Wednesday, during which she sobbed on the stand and described in graphic detail the threatening phone calls and letters she has received following Giuliani’s lies about her. “I don’t have a name no more,” said Freeman, adding, “The only thing you have in your life is your name…my life is messed up.”
Moss and Freeman are seeking $15.5m to $43m in damages. In addition to compensatory damages, they are also seeking punitive damages against Giuliani.
Meanwhile, following Wednesday’s court hearing, Giuliani, who has remained defiant about his actions, tweeted, “Thank you to everyone who has reached out with support and encouragement… We will continue to tell the truth.”
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