Ex-Trump lawyer asks judge to toss voting machine company’s US$1.3B lawsuit
Sidney Powell, an attorney who recommended U.S. President Donald Trump’s project, asked a judge on Monday to toss out a US$ 1.3 billion claim implicating her of spreading out incorrect conspiracy theories about the November governmental election.
Powell stated in a filing in federal court in Washington that there was a “no basis” for the claim brought by Dominion Voting Systems Inc in January.
Powell, represented by 3 attorneys, argued that claims she made about Denver- based Dominion were secured by the right to complimentary speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
She stated her claims about Dominion were suggested to be hyperbolic, which “reasonable people would not accept such statements as fact but view them only as claims that await testing by the courts through the adversary process.”
Dominion’s legal representative, Tom Clare, stated in a declaration that the business is excited for the case to move on, including that “Powell’s attempt to dismiss the case contradicts her claim that she wants to present her evidence in court.”
Powell, appearing with longtime Trump legal representative Rudy Giuliani, charged without proof at a November press conference that Dominion’s electronic ballot systems had actually changed countless tallies to Democrat Joe Biden.
In later on media looks, Powell wrongly declared that Dominion was developed in Venezuela to rig elections for that nation’s late president, Hugo Chavez, which Dominion paid off Georgia authorities for a no-bid agreement.
“Powell’s wild accusations are demonstrably false,” Dominion’s attorneys stated in their claim.
Trump described Powell as one of his “wonderful lawyers and representatives” in aNov 14 tweet.
Giuliani and another Trump legal consultant, Jenna Ellis, later on distanced themselves from Powell, stating in a declaration launched by the project that Powell “is not a member of the Trump Legal Team.”
Dominion has a comparable claim pending versus Giuliani, which likewise looks for $1.3 billion in damages. He has likewise stated his remarks were constitutionally secured speech.
For 2 months after losing his re-election quote to Biden, Trump loudly argued that he lost due to widespread electoral scams, declares that were turned down by numerous courts and state election authorities.
(Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Scott Malone and Peter Cooney