Sidney Powell Is Rehashing Bogus Election Theory, State Says
(Bloomberg) -- Former Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell got another tongue lashing from Wisconsin as the state sought to force her to pay $106,000 in legal fees for her failed lawsuit to reverse the result of the 2020 election based on debunked conspiracy theories.
Powell is defending the “bad faith” suit by rehashing failed claims that swing states conspired with a voting-machine company and foreign hackers to steal the election, Governor Tony Evers said in a filing Wednesday in federal court in Milwaukee. Powell had argued in an earlier filing that she shouldn’t have to pay any fees because her complaint was legitimate.
The state’s motion for fees is not “a request for a guided tour through the scattershot of supposed evidence that they flung at the wall here, in the vain hope that something would stick, or even leave a mark,” Evers said.
Evers, a Democrat, argued the complaint suffered from factual errors, “expert reports” by unqualified people and inadmissible anonymous declarations, some of which turned out to be false. He also pointed to Powell’s defense in a separate defamation suit by Dominion Voting Systems Inc., in which she argued her theory was merely an opinion and that “no reasonable person” would believe her claims were “truly statements of fact.”
Powell’s lawyer, Howard Kleinhendler, said in an email that Evers was using her words out of context. “It is sad and disappointing to see the Governor of Wisconsin misrepresent the law in such a dishonest manner,” he said.
Evers is seeking $145,000 in legal fees from former President Donald Trump, who filed a separate failed lawsuit to reverse the election outcome. The governor is also seeking sanctions against the lawyers in both cases.
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