January 11, 2021

Sidney Powell Sued by Dominion for $1.3 Billion

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In Brief:

Former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell was sued by the Dominion voting-machine company for $1.3 billion after making claims that the system had been hacked to switch votes for Trump to votes for Joe Biden. Powell’s claims of voter fraud have not yet been proven, and the Trump campaign cut formal ties with her in November.

The Background:

Sidney Powell, lawyer to the Trump campaign, has been accused of defamation by Dominion Voting Systems Inc.  According to Bloomberg, Dominion claims that Powell has acted “in concert with allies and media outlets that were determined to promote a false preconceived narrative about the 2020 election.” Dominion states that Powell launched a massive disinformation campaign that caused harm to their company, and caused millions of people to distrust their system. Bloomberg writes that more lawsuits are likely to follow, after many individuals and outlets accused Dominion of being easily hacked by outside actors. Powell told news outlets that there were “glitches” in Dominion’s systems that were intentional fraud.

Sidney Powell has continued to insist that there was massive voter fraud. According to Reuters, Powell claims that the election was rigged, that Dominion was created in Venezuela, and that other countries were involved in manipulating Dominion’s voting machines to swing the election in favor of Biden. Bloomberg reports that Trump attorney Rudy Giuiliani, and other members of the Trump team, have been contacted by Dominion and may face lawsuits as well.

Notable Quotes:

“People need to come forward now and get on the right side of this issue and report the fraud they know existed in Dominion voting systems because that’s what it was created to do. It was its sole original purpose. It has been used all over the world to defy the will of people who wanted freedom.” - Sidney Powell

“We’re looking at everybody… every actor that has made these types of false allegations about us, and also the news media outlets that have allowed these allegations to be amplified, unfettered, and unchecked.” - Dominion CEO John Poulos

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