A company that made voting machines used in the US presidential election is suing one of Donald Trump’s former lawyers for $1.3 billion (£940 million) over “wild accusations” of vote rigging.
In legal papers, Dominion claimed statements at rallies and in the media by Sidney Powell “determined to promote a false preconceived narrative about the 2020 election” that was won by Joe Biden.
A 124-page claim for defamation filed in a Washington federal court states she “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”.
For weeks, Ms Powell has claimed that the election technology vendor, whose vote-counting equipment was used in several states, was part of a scheme to steal the election from Donald Trump.
She had been representing Mr Trump in a series of unsuccessful lawsuits filed to contest the election outcome.
There was no widespread fraud in the election, which a range of election officials across the country including Mr Trump’s former attorney general, William Barr, have confirmed.
Republican governors in Arizona and Georgia, key battleground states crucial to Mr Biden’s victory, also vouched for the integrity of the elections in their states.
Nearly all the legal challenges from Mr Trump and his allies have been dismissed by judges, including in the Supreme Court, which includes three Trump-nominated justices.
The company said: “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.”
Dominion said, when it formally told Ms Powell her claims were false and asked her to retract them, she “doubled down”, using her Twitter account with more than a million followers to amplify the claims.
Eric Coomer, Dominion’s security director, already has sued Ms Powell, Mr Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and the president’s campaign for defamation after he was driven into hiding by death threats.
Ms Powell did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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