Following accusations that Fox News dismissed Tucker Carlson as a condition of the network’s settlement with Dominion, Texas Governor Greg Abbott urged Dominion Ballot Systems to “answer” inquiries regarding its alleged involvement in Carlson’s termination.
Carlson’s lawyers purportedly submitted a letter to Fox News this week accusing them of contract violations and fraud. Additionally, according to the letter, Carlson was let go as a part of the conservative cable news network’s $787.5 million settlement with Dominion.
This week, Carlson, whose contract with Fox News runs until January 2025, said he will launch “a new version” of his program on Twitter.
According to Breitbart News:
“The letter arrived just before Carlson announced on Twitter that he was going to be taking his program to the social media site, indicating that his legal counsel is certain it can claim that Fox News breached its contract with Carlson first, releasing him from it.”
“According to reports, the letter claims that Fox News purposefully breached pledges to Carlson, which constituted fraud, and that the network also disregarded a contract not to reveal his private correspondence to the media.”
“The letter additionally alleges that the network violated pledges not to reach an agreement with Dominion Voting Systems in a fashion which would reflect misconduct” that was the responsibility of Carlson and not to execute any measures in a settlement that could damage his reputation.”
“Two individuals told Axios that Carlson was informed by a Fox News board member that his termination was a result of a Dominion settlement.”
Abbott said this week that the electronic voting firm must provide an explanation for its part in Carlson’s dismissal before being permitted to operate in the Lone Star State.
If the claims are true, according to Abbott, he is “happy” the corporation does not conduct business in Texas.
Abbott said, “If the public reports are true, Dominion Voting Systems commanded that Tucker Carlson be fired as part of a legal settlement, then I am delighted that Dominion doesn’t exist in Texas, and I do not believe that they need to do so anytime in the future. Even if we do not agree with someone else’s viewpoint, we shouldn’t ever attempt to unfairly quiet opinions that may differ from our own.”
“If Dominion wishes to conduct business with Texas in future years, they will need to respond to questions regarding the role, if any, they had in silencing a most prominent conservative journalist,” Abbott said. “If we want them to be operating here, our decision should be based on the answers to all of those questions as well as additional factors.”
However, Stephen Shackelford, an independent lawyer for Dominion, informed Axios that the business “actually did not demand Fox News to terminate Tucker Carlson as a component of the settlement.”