Trump amplified vote rigging to claim campaign debunked: lawsuit
- Trump has been pushing bogus vote-rigging claims for weeks after his campaign discredited them internally.
- A Nov. 13 memo about the claims came to light in a lawsuit by a former Dominion employee.
- The campaign was unable to substantiate claims that the company was part of a global election rigging plot.
Former President Donald Trump continued to promote baseless conspiracy theories about Dominion Voting Systems machines for weeks after his campaign internally discovered they were absurd, according to new reports from the New York Times.
Lawyers Sidney Powell and Lin Wood spread baseless claims that not only were Dominion’s voting machines rigged and changed votes from Trump to President Joe Biden, but that the entire company was part of a vast global plot involving Venezuela, China, Cuba, billionaire financier George Soros, and the late Hugo Chavez, to rig elections for left-wing politicians.
On November 12 and 13 alone, Trump posted or retweeted six tweets accusing Dominion of changing votes.
“Must see @seanhannity removing the horrible, inaccurate and anything but secure Dominion voting system that is used in states where tens of thousands of votes have been stolen from us and given to Biden,” Trump wrote on 12. “Likewise, the Big @LouDobbs has a confirming and powerful piece!
At that time, Trump campaign deputy director of communications Zach Parkinson had asked his staff to “corroborate or debunk” many of the allegations that Dominion was filed by Powell and others, according to the Times.
The November 13 memo concluded that Dominion was not using any equipment or technology from Smartmatic, another election technology company that Trump allies attacked in the aftermath of the election, and had no affiliation with Soros or causes like antifa. , contrary to Powell’s assertions.
The note was revealed on Monday in a court file in a defamation lawsuit brought by Eric Coomer, the former Dominion product and safety director, who left the company and went into hiding at the following relentless online harassment during the 2020 election.
Coomer’s lawsuit, filed in Colorado, names people affiliated with the Trump campaign as accused, including Powell, Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin, Colorado activist and online personality Joseph Otlman, the Gateway website and One America News . Coomer initially also sued conservative Newsmax network, but withdrew his request after the network apologized.
While Powell’s claims and theories eventually became too onerous for Trump’s own legal team, the Trump campaign did not officially sever official ties with it until 10 days after Parkinson’s staff memo on November 23. 2020.
“Sidney Powell practices law on her own. She is not a member of Trump’s legal team. Nor is she an attorney for the President in her personal capacity,” Trump campaign attorney Jenna Ellis said, in a statement released that day. .
Still, Trump continued to post or share 14 tweets baselessly attacking Dominion and disseminating conspiracy theories emanating from Powell between that date and January 5, shortly before Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter.
Dominion himself is also suing Powell, Wood and many other Trump allies and conservative media figures like Rudy Giuliani and Mike Lindell for libel, seeking billions of dollars in damages.