A Federal Judge Considering Sanctions Against Pro-Trump Lawyers Says They Made ‘Fantastical’ Election Fraud Claims Without Even ‘Minimal Vetting’

Former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell says the sheer volume of the affidavits she collected shows she exercised due diligence.

by Jacob Sullum

Last November, former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell filed a federal lawsuit in Michigan that described “a massive election fraud” aimed at “illegally and fraudulently manipulating the vote count to manufacture an election of Joe Biden as President of the United States.” Powell’s evidence included an affidavit in which Russell Ramsland, a cybersecurity analyst and former Republican congressional candidate, claimed that voter turnout in Detroit was an impossible 139 percent and that turnout in North Muskegon was an even more improbable 782 percent, which he presented as clear signs of fraud. The actual figures were 51 percent and 78 percent, respectively.

Were Ramsland’s statements “lies,” as David Fink, an attorney representing the city of Detroit, described them during a hearing yesterday? Were they understandable errors that Powell and her colleagues presented in good faith?

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