Dominion sues Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation

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Powell claims, with out proof, that the election expertise vendor was a part of a scheme to steal the US election.

Dominion Voting Methods has filed a defamation lawsuit towards lawyer Sidney Powell, looking for no less than $1.3bn for Powell’s “wild accusations” that the corporate rigged the presidential election for Joe Biden.

“Dominion brings this motion to set the report straight,” the corporate mentioned within the swimsuit filed on Friday in federal courtroom in Washington, DC.

Powell has for weeks claimed with out proof that the election expertise vendor, whose vote-counting tools was utilized in a number of states, was a part of a scheme to steal the election from President Donald Trump. Powell has been representing Trump in a collection of unsuccessful lawsuits filed to contest the election consequence.

Individually, Dominion’s safety director has sued Sidney Powell, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and the president’s marketing campaign for defamation after he was pushed into hiding by demise threats [Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo]

She has claimed the corporate was created in Venezuela to rig elections for the late chief, Hugo Chavez, and that it has the flexibility to change votes.

There was no widespread fraud within the election, which a spread of election officers throughout the nation together with Trump’s former legal professional normal, William Barr, has confirmed. Republican governors in Arizona and Georgia, key battleground states essential to Biden’s victory, additionally vouched for the integrity of the elections of their states. Almost all of the authorized challenges from Trump and his allies have been dismissed by judges, together with two tossed out by the Supreme Courtroom, which incorporates three Trump-nominated justices.

A supporter of President Donald Trump waving a flag at a rally in Miami, Florida [Lynne Sladky/AP Photo]

The corporate mentioned “there are mountains of direct proof that conclusively disprove Powell’s vote manipulation claims towards Dominion – specifically, the thousands and thousands of paper ballots that have been audited and recounted by bipartisan officers and volunteers in Georgia and different swing states, which confirmed that Dominion precisely counted votes on paper ballots”.

Dominion mentioned when it formally advised Powell her claims have been false and requested her to retract them, she “doubled down”, utilizing her Twitter account with multiple million followers to amplify the claims.

Eric Coomer, Dominion’s safety director, already sued Powell, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and the president’s marketing campaign for defamation after he was pushed into hiding by demise threats. Conservative columnists and information shops have been additionally named in Coomer’s lawsuit, filed in Colorado, the place the corporate is predicated.

Powell didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Friday.