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Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch deposed in Smartmatic election lawsuit

Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch deposed in Smartmatic election lawsuit

Rupert Murdoch, Chairman of News Corp and Co-Chairman of 21st Century Fox, arrives at the Sun Valley Resort for the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 10, 2018 in Sun Valley, Idaho.

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Rupert Murdoch will be impeached on Tuesday as part of a $2.7 billion defamation case lawsuit Voting technology company Smartmatic has filed suit against Fox Corp, a source familiar with the matter told CNBC.

Murdoch is expected to sit for questioning in Los Angeles on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the source.

It is the second time this year that Murdoch, 92, has been impeached in a high-stakes defamation lawsuit accusing Fox News of broadcasting damaging lies about the 2020 US presidential election.

Murdoch officially resigned as chairman of Fox & News Corp earlier this month, and appointed his son, Lachlan, in charge of them. The elder Murdoch now serves as the companies’ honorary chairman.

Under questioning in January as part of a similar defamation lawsuit brought by Dominion Voting Systems, Murdoch admitted that some Fox News hosts and personalities “endorsed” the false narrative that the election was stolen from then-President Donald Trump.

Fox paid $787.5 million to settle Dominion’s lawsuit, roughly half the $1.6 billion the voting company initially demanded.

Fox spokesman Brian Nick declined CNBC’s request for comment on Murdoch’s recent testimony.

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