During a deposition, Fox News host Sean Hannity revealed he “did not believe” for “one second” that claims about mass voter fraud in the 2020 Presidential election were true.
Hannity’s remarks were part of a series of depositions released by the Delaware Superior Court on Wednesday (December 21) and first reported by The New York Times.
The depositions made public on Wednesday were part of a Defamation Lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems against Fox News, alleging the network spread false claims about election fraud — and voting machines’ role in such fraud — following the 2020 Presidential election. Dominion Voting Systems claims this resulted in financial loss and is seeking $1.6 billion in damages from Fox News.
In the deposition, Hannity responds to a question regarding whether or not he believed the claims relating to voter fraud made by Sydney Powell, former President Donald Trump’s Attorney, were true.
Powell asserted that a stolen election was facilitated by voting machines manufactured by Dominion Voting Systems switching votes from Trump to Biden.
But, in his deposition, Hannity claimed he “did not believe [the claims] for one second.”
To win its Defamation suit, Dominion Voting Machine will have to prove Fox News knew the claims Trump and his allies made were false or that the news networks journalists acted with a willful disregard for the truth.
The depositions released as part of the defamation lawsuit will go to a jury trial in April and were part of a pre-trial hearing to address specific issues.
Fox News also faces a defamation lawsuit from Smartmatic, another voting machine manufacturer claiming the network amplified false claims made about the voting machines they manufactured.