The former Trump campaign lawyer plans to defeat defamation lawsuits by showing “what actually happened.”
by Jacob Sullum
Former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell, who faces defamation lawsuits seeking billions of dollars in damages because of her wacky claims about presidential election fraud, argues that her accusations against Dominion Voting Systems are not actionable because “no reasonable person” would have understood them as statements of fact. But her comments at a conference last month in Dallas undermine that already risible defense.
“I don’t think they realized that some of us litigators were going to catch on and hold their feet to the fire and expose what really happened,” Powell said during the “For God & Country: Patriot Roundup” gathering on Memorial Day weekend, which also featured prominent election conspiracy theorists such as former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Florida congressman Allen West, and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R–Texas). She predicted that Dominion’s lawsuit will be dismissed because “we meant what we said, and we have the evidence to back it up.” If the lawsuit proceeds, she added, “then we will get discovery against Dominion, and we will be on offense.” Powell also held out hope that Donald Trump “can simply be reinstated” after “a new inauguration” once her claim that Joe Biden stole the election with Dominion’s help is verified.