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Pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell has been slapped with a $1.3 billion lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems over her “wild accusations” that the company rigged the presidential election.
Dominion, whose vote-counting equipment was used in several states, filed the federal complaint Friday to “set the record straight.”
“During a Washington, D.C. press conference, a Georgia political rally, and a media blitz, Powell falsely claimed that Dominion had rigged the election, that Dominion was created in Venezuela to rig elections for Hugo Chávez, and that Dominion bribed Georgia officials for a no-bid contract,” the company said.
Powell had been pursuing cases related to Trump’s claims of rampant voter fraud in the 2020 election, filing numerous unsuccessful lawsuits in an effort to overturn election results.
She claimed votes were illegally “injected’ into Dominion-brand counting machines and that a software algorithm changed votes for Trump into votes for Biden.
Powell also represented Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Dominion has denied Powell’s accusations, saying “there are mountains of direct evidence that conclusively disprove Powell’s vote manipulation claims against Dominion — namely, the millions of paper ballots that were audited and recounted by bipartisan officials and volunteers in Georgia and other swing states, which confirmed that Dominion accurately counted votes on paper ballots.”
The company accused Powell of “doubling down” when it confronted her that she was wrong, taking to her 1 million-follower strong Twitter account to amplify her claims.
Dominion said as a result of Powell’s audacious claims, its employees have received death threats, forcing the company to hire police and private security to the tune of $565,000.
It also said that it’s had to make “significant expenditures in an attempt to mitigate the harm to its reputation and business,” costing $1.1 million.
Dominion estimated that before Powell’s “viral disinformation campaign,” the company was valued somewhere between $450 million and $500 million and now faces losses of about $200 million over the next five years.
Nearly all legal challenges brought by Trump and his allies over the election results have been dismissed by judges, including two tossed by the Supreme Court — which includes three Trump-nominated justices.
Dominion’s security director Eric Coomer has already sued Powell, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and the president’s campaign for defamation, saying he was driven into hiding by death threats.
Powell didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.
With Post wires
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