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At least twice, Powell filed a lawsuit on behalf of a party that did not agree to be involved in the case. In the Wisconsin petition, Powell hired Derrick Van Orden, a Republican candidate who suffered a narrow defeat from Representative Ron Kind (D-Wis.) As plaintiff. However, Van Orden said it had nothing to do with the lawsuit in a statement he made on Twitter.
“Today, I learned through social media that my name was included in a lawsuit without my permission,” he said. on Tuesday tweeted. “To be clear, I’m not taking part in a lawsuit aimed at overthrowing the election in Wisconsin.” Van Orden, whom POLITICO could not reach, told the AP that he had spoken to someone in Powell’s office about the incident but had not given permission and tried to call to ask for his name to be removed but could not get through.
Powell did this a second time. In the Georgian lawsuit, he listed as plaintiff Jason Shepherd Cobb County Republican party president, acting on behalf of the local party. The pastor initially issued a statement saying he did this before and without his last signature, although Pastor and the county party then agreed to remain in the lawsuit.
Meanwhile, in a Michigan suit, Powell contained a “statement” [sic] from a so-called cyber security expert, Navid Keshavarz-Nia, who finds a popular conspiracy theory – Hammer and Scorecard – and claims the aggregation of votes has been hacked.
Chris Krebs, former director of the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency, who was fired by Trump for declaring the election safe, called it peculiar conspiracy theory “stupidity.” In her statement, however, Keshavarz-Nia cites the pattern of an unlikely vote report in “Edison County, MI,” which supports her theory.
The only problem is that there is no county in Michigan with that name.
In the Wisconsin lawsuit, in which Van Orden was incorrectly recruited as plaintiff, the lawsuit is asking a court to order “immediate production of 48-hour security cameras for all rooms used in the TCF Center voting process”. But the TCF Center is not in Wisconsin. It is located in Detroit and has been the center of other conspiracy theories about elections.
Recent information from Powell in the Wisconsin case badly attributes Biden’s victory in the state to Georgia: “Biden was declared the winner of Georgia’s general presidential election by a difference of 20,585 votes. The abbreviation also confuses the two states.
“Defendants did not administer the November 3, 2020 elections as required by the Georgian legislature.” “This conduct violated the plaintiffs’ equal protection and appropriate procedural rights, as well as their rights under Wisconsin law.”
A similar mistake was made by Wood, a lawsuit filed by a Powell employee. The lawsuit filed in Georgia contained evidence from Russell James Ramsland Jr., who represented himself as a security expert. But while he set up some type of scam in Michigan, he instead hired cities from Minnesota, which was first noticed by the Conservative Powerline Blog. In his Michigan case, Powell calls Ramsland an “expert witness,” with a new statement that also includes cities that are actually in Michigan.
Powell also misrepresented government documents. The Georgian lawsuit alleges that “the Secretary of State received a certificate for Dominion Voting Systems, but without a date,” attaching a copy of the certificate.
Reality is more prosaic. As Reuters reported for the first time, the actual certificate from the secretary’s office is dated and also available online.