- Sidney Powell, a lawyer who previously worked with President Donald Trump’s campaign, released legal documents against the election results in Georgia and Michigan on Wednesday.
- Business Insider found that the Michigan lawsuit was filed in federal court but was unable to verify Georgia’s status.
- Powell was expelled from Trump’s legal team after making outside allegations that a massive communist conspiracy was responsible for stealing the election from Trump.
- His legal documents reiterated several of his accusations, including Chinese and Iranian interference and the digital switchover of machines connected to Venezuelan Hugo Chavez. Many of these claims have been refuted.
- One lawsuit misspelled the words “district” and both had several spellings.
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Sidney Powell continued the “massive election fraud” alleged lawsuits in Georgia and Michigan even after President Donald Trump’s legal team publicly threw it out.
Powell, a lawyer fired as a conspiracy theorist, posted the lawsuits on his website at midnight on Wednesday and announced it in a tweet with the caption “The #Kraken is now free.”
By Thursday morning, the tweet appeared to have been deleted, but the documents remained on Powell’s website.
Business Insider checked to see if the Michigan lawsuit was filed in federal court, but it couldn’t verify the status of the Georgia lawsuit, which relied on many of the same.
The lawsuits are dozens of pages long and contain several misspellings and misspellings, including “Districct Court” and “Georgia Distrcoict.”
The documents echo the baseless allegations Powell made at a news conference with Rudy Giuliani on Nov. 19 when he was still a member of the Trump campaign legal team.
A few days later, the Trump campaign rejected him, stating in a statement that he was “exercising the right alone.”
One unnamed Trump adviser told New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman that Powell’s ideas were “too conspiratorial even for him.”
In the lawsuits, Powell accuses the voting machines used in Georgia and Michigan of swapping votes for Joe Biden and are designed to ensure Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013, wins his election. According to CNN, these allegations have been refuted.
Referring to Andrew Appel, a Princeton academician who highlighted the vulnerability of voting machines, Powell said the machines were designed to change votes unnoticed.
But Appel – whose remarks were published long before the 2020 election – rejected the idea that the software was part of a conspiracy, noting earlier this month that “vulnerabilities are not the same as rigged elections.”
Michigan has paper ballots that can be counted down manually, Appel said. Georgia, which uses touch-screen ballot marking machines, remains vulnerable, but “hacks and bugs” there have been detected and fixed, “he said.
Powell’s lawsuits allege that the software was “accessed by agents acting on behalf of China and Iran to monitor and manipulate the election.”
Powell had previously refused to provide evidence of his allegations at the request of Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson, who was open to Trump’s allegations of a number of election frauds.
In an unusual part of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Friday, Carlson called Powell because he refused to provide evidence, saying he would have given him “an entire hour” if he had.
The segment triggered a right-back rebound against Carlson, which fell silent after Trump’s legal team broke away from Powell.
In Michigan, Powell’s lawsuit involves officials including Gretchen Whitmer, a Democratic governor targeted in a right-wing kidnapping act in October.
In Georgia, Powell’s lawsuit is directed against Republican Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, among others.
Raffensperger, who said his family voted for Trump, recently wrote a column of opinions defending his state’s election management, arguing that Trump had “thrown it under the bus”.