- Dominion accuses attorney Sidney Powell of lying about the company to make money and sell books.
- The argument was brought up Monday in a lawsuit on a $ 1.3 billion libel lawsuit.
- Powell’s lawyers argued that their conspiracy theories should not be taken as statements of fact.
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Sidney Powell doesn’t believe “sensible person“Anyone who listened to her claims about the 2020 election – and donated for her stated efforts to undo President Joe Biden’s victory – would believe what she said on television was really factual.” Attempt to beat back a $ 1.3 billion libel suit from the company they accused of rigging the vote.
Dominion Voting Systems fired back on Monday. In one Court recordsShe accused the far-right conspiracy theorist of spreading lies about the company and the integrity of US democracy in order to sell books and make money. And it accused her of shirking responsibility by inventing a new standard for libel that could get away with libel just by putting it on Fox News.
“After lying about the evidence supporting their claims,” said Dominion’s legal team, “Powell is now asking this court to provide unprecedented immunity for attorneys to conduct televised disinformation campaigns.”
The company, which filed its lawsuit in federal court in January, is seeking $ 1.3 billion in damages.
After the November election, Powell, a former federal attorney who now sells signed books and t-shirts on her website, claimed the 2020 election loser, Donald Trump, who actually “won by a landslide” (Biden hit the former president with more than 7 million votes).
Their claims were co-signed by the Republican Party and endorsed by the former president, though his campaign later distanced himself of Powell when their outlandish claims increased their legal vulnerability. (Rudy Giuliani is also now sued from the company for his part in “a viral disinformation campaign.)
Among other things, Powell falsely claimed that it had evidence that Dominion “was created to get Venezuela to change the voting results for Hugo Chavez,” and that it was imported into the US to do the same for Democrats. “We are now collecting evidence from various whistleblowers who are known to have been given substantial sums of money to family members of state officials who have purchased this software,” she said.
To support her claims against Dominion, she has submitted an affidavit by Ron Watkins, owner of a conspiracy theoretic message board, 8kun, which has become disgraced as the home of the “QAnon” joke.
Powell attorneys now claim that this was all just the heated rhetoric of a political campaign that was not intended to be actionable statements of fact. The Dominion legal team, however, say this is not a defense – and that Powell harmed the company on personal grounds by “using defamatory lies to raise money … and get media attention,” which in turn did you helped “sell and acquire additional copies of her book” additional potential customers. “
If Powell has evidence to support their claims, Dominion invites them to show it to the court.
“She either has a video of Dominion’s founder admitting he can change a million votes, or she doesn’t (she doesn’t),” the company’s lawyers explain. “Dominion was either formed in Venezuela to rig elections or it wasn’t (it wasn’t). Dominion either manipulated the 2020 elections by weighting, flipping, switching and destroying votes or not (it didn’t). Dominion either bribed Officials or it didn’t (it didn’t). “
Dominion’s legal filing comes just days after one of its executives reached an agreement Newsmax was a right-wing media organization that claimed the company’s security chief had rigged the election himself. On its cable television network, Newsmax told viewers that it actually had “no evidence” to back the claim.
But retractions never attract the same amount of attention as an initial inflammatory claim. A recent CNN poll While a large majority of Americans accept Biden’s victory as the result of a free and fair election, 70% of Republicans believe his presidency is illegal.
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