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Voting System Firm Files $1.3B Defamation Lawsuit Against Pro-Trump Lawyer Powell

2021-01-11 15:04:56

Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit against attorney Sidney Powell on Friday, demanding at least $ 1.3 billion for Powell & # 39; s "wild allegations" that the company faked the presidential election for Joe Biden.

"Dominion is taking this action to rectify matters," the company said in the lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington.

Powell has claimed without evidence for weeks that the election technology vendor, whose ballot-counting equipment was used in several states, was part of a plan to steal President Donald Trump's election. Powell represents Trump in a series of unsuccessful lawsuits filed to challenge the election results.

She claimed that the company was founded in Venezuela to manipulate elections for the late leader Hugo Chavez and that it has the ability to switch votes.

There was no widespread election fraud, as a range of election officials across the country, including former Trump Attorney General William Barr, have confirmed. Republican governors in Arizona and Georgia, key states on the battlefield critical to Biden's victory, also vouched for the integrity of their states' elections. Nearly all of Trump's and his allies' legal challenges have been dismissed by judges, including two thrown by the Supreme Court, including three Trump-nominated justices.

The company said there are "mountains of direct evidence that definitively refutes Powell's vote manipulation claims against Dominion – namely, the millions of paper ballots checked and recounted by bipartisan and volunteers in Georgia and other swing states, who confirmed that Dominion is voting accurately. counted on paper ballots. "

Dominion said that when it formally told Powell her claims were false and asked her to withdraw them, she "doubled down" by using her Twitter account with more than 1 million followers to bolster the claims.

Eric Coomer, Dominion's security director, has already sued Powell, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and the president's defamation campaign after he went into hiding from death threats. Conservative columnists and news outlets were also named in Coomer's lawsuit filed in Colorado, where the company is based.

Powell did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

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