'No reasonable person' would believe conspiracy about voting machines: ex-Trump lawyer

Ruben Fields
March 24, 2021

After working for months to advance the baseless conspiracy theory that the voting machine manufacturer Dominion had worked with Venezuela to rig the 2020 presidential election against Donald Trump, former campaign lawyer Sidney Powell is requesting that the election software company drop its defamation lawsuit against her on the grounds that nobody with half a brain could have taken what she was saying as fact.

"Even [assuming] that each of the statements alleged in the Complaint could be proved true or false, no reasonable person would conclude that the statements were truly statements of fact", Powell's attorneys wrote in the filing.

She said her claims about Dominion were meant to be hyperbolic, and that "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".

Attorney represented Trump in a series of missing lawsuits filed to challenge the election results.

And now Ms Powell's legal team is arguing Dominion's description is evidence she should not be taken seriously.

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Dominion's lawyer, Tom Clare, said in a statement that the company is eager for the case to move forward, adding that "Powell's attempt to dismiss the case contradicts her claim that she wants to present her evidence in court". All in all, Powell and Trump's other legal lackey, attorney and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, helped to file at least 61 lawsuits in various US courts on the former president's behalf, all of which were ultimately tossed out by judges and all of which trafficked in various forms of conspiracy and misinformation. "Obviously, any press conference originating from the Republican National Committee is political to its core". They're also arguing that Powell's claims were "hyperbole" and should be protected by the First Amendment.

'Sidney Powell and others created and disseminated these lies, assisted and amplified by a range of media platforms'.

"They are repeatedly labelled "inherently improbable" and even "impossible, '" the motion to dismiss continues, referring to the conspiracy theories peddled by Powell, her law firm and her non-profit group Defending the Republic". After Dominion sent her document retention letters warning of a lawsuit, she called the company "fraud masters" on Twitter. Legal ethics experts told Insider Powell could face sanctions if she's found to have modified court exhibits.

Dominion sued Powell in January for defamation.

On Monday, Powell filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

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