Powell’s first setback came in Michigan on Monday, when US District Court Judge Linda V. Parker rejected a suit asking for Joe Biden’s win in the state to be overturned, based on the theory that voting machines manufactured by Dominion – a foreign-owned company – “flipped” thousands of votes from Donald Trump to Biden in Detroit.
Parker ruled that Powell’s evidence amounted to “an amalgamation of theories, conjecture, and speculation,” and was brought too late. “This ship has sailed,” the judge wrote, concluding: “The people have spoken.”
Hours later, Powell’s Georgia lawsuit met a similar fate. In a verbal ruling, US District Court Judge Timothy C. Batten ruled the suit legally deficient, and argued that “this suit could have been filed months ago,” when Georgia adopted Dominion’s machines. Furthermore, Batten called Powell’s request – to order Georgia’s secretary of state to decertify Biden’s narrow win in the state – “extraordinary,” and one his court could not grant.
Judge Batten just knocked down Sidney Powell and Lin Wood's pathetic "Kraken" lawsuit in a Georgia federal court for being legally deficient in numerous ways and asking the court to substitute its decision for the will of the people.#MondayMotivationhttps://t.co/UBiUV8o5H5
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) December 7, 2020
In both cases, the argument that Powell should have sued before election day angered President Trump’s supporters. “I guess they should have filed this suit before the actual election fraud occurred,” one commenter wrote, while another called the logic behind the ruling “absurd.”
BREAKING: Judge Batten ISSUES verbal order DISMISSING Sidney Powell’s lawsuit in Georgia, says plaintiffs should have brought suit months earlier.
I guess they should have filed this suit before the actual election fraud occurred.
— 🌹AЯI 💯ᖉ∩ƨƨ!ɐu ᗷO⊥ ❌ (@ari_russian) December 7, 2020
Basically the judge thinks Sidney waited too long. Not that there wasn’t any fraud, she just wasn’t fast enough. 🤦🏻♀️
— Jess 🇺🇸 (@jessiprincey) December 7, 2020
Swamp Creature Judge Batten dismisses Powell’s motion to decertify the Georgia election.
No surprise there.
— TheStormHasArrived17💀 (@TArrived17) December 7, 2020
Powell’s lawsuits too have been deemed absurd by much of the political and media establishment, and now by judges too. In Georgia, her suit alleged that Georgia officials “knowing or unknowingly” used Dominion’s machines – which she linked to Venezuela’s late ruler Hugo Chavez – to rig the election for Biden. The machines, she argued, were designed by “foreign oligarchs and dictators” to be impervious to audit and purpose-built to flip elections.
Powell will almost certainly appeal the two rulings. Outside Georgia and Michigan, the one-time Trump lawyer has similar cases ongoing in Wisconsin and Arizona, both states that recently certified Joe Biden’s win over Trump.
Court cases notwithstanding, the Electoral College is due to vote in a week to declare Biden the next president of the US. With defeat looming, Trump has attempted to convince state officials to overturn the allegedly fraudulent results and send pro-Trump electors to Congress instead. However, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp explicitly ruled out this long-shot option on Sunday, saying that it is “not an option that is allowed under state or federal law.”
At a rally in Georgia on Sunday, Trump insisted that his opponents “cheated and rigged” the election, and that by auditing the vote and matching signatures on ballots against voter rolls, Kemp “could stop it very easily if he knew what the hell he was doing!”
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