Voting machine firm sues pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell over ‘wild accusations’ By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Powell participates in a information convention on Capitol Hill in Washington

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By Jan Wolfe

(Reuters) – A voting machine firm sued former Trump marketing campaign lawyer Sidney Powell on Friday, accusing her of spreading false conspiracy theories about November’s election that Republican President Donald Trump misplaced to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.

Denver-based Dominion Voting Techniques Inc filed the case in federal courtroom in Washington, alleging defamation and in search of $1.3 billion in damages.

Powell, a conservative activist and former federal prosecutor, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. The Trump marketing campaign additionally didn’t instantly responds to an e-mail in search of remark.

In information conferences and media appearances, Powell falsely claimed that Dominion had rigged the U.S. presidential election, that Dominion was created in Venezuela to rig elections for that nation’s late president, Hugo Chavez, and that Dominion bribed Georgia officers for a no-bid contract.

“Powell’s wild accusations are demonstrably false,” Dominion’s legal professionals stated within the criticism. “Removed from being created in Venezuela to rig elections for a now-deceased Venezuelan dictator, Dominion was based in Toronto for the aim of making a completely auditable paper-based vote system that will empower folks with disabilities to vote independently on verifiable paper ballots.”

Powell, showing with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, claimed with out proof at a November information convention that Dominion’s digital voting techniques had switched thousands and thousands of ballots to Biden.

Trump had referred to Powell as one in every of his “fantastic legal professionals and representatives” in a Nov. 14 tweet.

Giuliani and one other Trump authorized adviser, Jenna Ellis, later distanced themselves from Powell, saying in a press release launched by the marketing campaign that “Powell is training legislation on her personal” and “is just not a member of the Trump Authorized Crew.”

However Trump then met with Powell on the White Home on Dec. 18 and mentioned naming her a particular counsel to analyze the election, the New York Occasions reported.

Eric Coomer, director of product technique and safety for the voting know-how firm, sued Powell, the Trump marketing campaign, and others for defamation in a Colorado courtroom final month.

Coomer stated Powell’s claims led to “devastating penalties,” together with dying threats which compelled him to go away his house out of worry for his security.

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