Trump’s lawyer said no ‘reasonable people’ would believe her claims

Powell claimed that Dominion voting machines were rigged to switch votes for Trump to Joe Biden, his Democratic challenger, during the election.

In January, Dominion sued Powell for $1.3 billion, claiming that she knowingly spread false information and that her actions harmed the company.

Facing more than $1.3 billion in liabilities over her post-election conspiracy theories, lawyer Sidney Powell told a judge that the defamation lawsuit Dominion Voting Systems filed against her earlier this year should be dismissed because "no reasonable person" would believe that her well-publicized comments about an worldwide plot against former President Donald Trump were "statements of fact".

On Monday, Powell's attorneys attempted to get the charges against her dismissed by a judge in Washington DC. Shortly thereafter, the Trump campaign announced that she did not represent the campaign.

They argued Powell's statements should be taken in the context of the highly charged election, even though Trump had already lost the election at that point, and that any "reasonable person" would understand she wasn't making factual claims, even though she had made her claims in lawsuits in addition to media appearances.

© AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Jenna Ellis and Sidney Powell.

Back in December, over 4,000 lawyers signed an open letter calling on "disciplinary authorities" to investigate Powell's wild claims and behavior in relation to the 2020 election. "Such characterizations of the allegedly defamatory statements further support Defendants" position 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".

In court documents, Powell's lawyers highlighted previous rulings that characterize political language as "often vituperative, abusive and inexact", and state that it is a "well recognized principle that political statements are inherently prone to exaggeration and hyperbole", Forbes reported.

Ms Powell told a press conference that Dominion had been created in Venezuela by the late dictator Hugo Chavez to rig elections.

According to BuzzFeed News, Powell's lawyers argue that the blame lies with Trump supporters who adopted conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.

Powell nicknamed her lawsuits the "Kraken", after the mythical, octopus-like creature depicted in the Hollywood blockbuster Clash of the Titans.



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