Sidney Powell Says Dominion 'Stupid' for Suing Her Because It Promoted Voter Fraud Claims

Lawyer Sidney Powell says it was "really stupid" of Dominion Voting Systems to file a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit because it "elevated" her status while promoting her baseless 2020 election fraud claims.

Dominion sued Powell in January for promoting false claims that the company's voting machines electronically stuffed ballots or turned votes meant for former President Donald Trump into votes for President Joe Biden. Powell was also named as one of several defendants in a similar $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit from voting systems company Smartmatic.

During a recent appearance on The Professor's Record podcast, Powell said that she was only "interested in the truth" while arguing that the companies had helped promote her theories by filing their lawsuits.

"It's really stupid of them to file the lawsuit because they've only elevated my situation and promoted what I was saying by filing the lawsuit," Powell said in a clip that was posted to Twitter by PatriotTakes. "I think they and Smartmatic would have been much better saying and doing nothing."

"But that's ok," she added. "I mean I'm a litigator, I can play the game, I know exactly what they're doing. And I know what the truth is. And that's all I'm interested in—I'm interested in the truth."

Sidney Powell says Dominion was stupid to file a lawsuit against her because it elevated her status. She then states that she is only interested in the truth. pic.twitter.com/hqekOgqyf1

— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) July 12, 2021

Newsweek reached out to Dominion Voting Systems for comment.

In a statement issued when the lawsuit was filed, Dominion CEO John Poulos said that Powell and others spreading election 2020 election lies had engaged in a "deliberate and malicious campaign that had "severely damaged the reputation of our company." Poulos said that the lawsuit was "the first step to restore our good name and faith in elections" and promised to "pursue justice vigorously."

"Lies were told about government election officials, elections workers, and Dominion Voting Systems," Poulos said. "Those lies have consequences. They have served to diminish the credibility of U.S. elections. They have subjected officials and Dominion employees to harassment and death threats."

In a court filing seeking to dismiss the Dominion suit in March, Powell's attorneys argued that "no reasonable person would conclude" that her election claims were "truly statements of fact." Last month, a motion to dismiss the Smartmatic lawsuit made a similar argument— maintaining that "reasonable people" would interpret Powell's claims with "an appropriate amount of skepticism."

Powell appeared virtually during a Monday court hearing over whether she, Lin Wood and other pro-Trump lawyers would be punished for filing a baseless Michigan lawsuit seeking to overturn the election results, one of several failed legal challenges that she was involved in following Trump's loss. U.S. District Judge Linda Parker blasted a "fantastical" affidavit filed as part of the case, saying that she had "never seen an affidavit that makes so many leaps."

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and officials from Detroit are seeking to recover attorney fees and to impose disciplinary actions against the attorneys involved in launching the so-called "kraken" lawsuit, arguing that it was frivolous and filed in bad faith. Powell expressed no regrets during the hearing, insisting that she had "practiced law with the highest standards" and "would file these same complaints again."

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Pro-Trump Lawyer Sidney Powell recently said that Dominion Voting Systems was "really stupid" for filing a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against her. Powell is pictured during a press conference at Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C. on November 19, 2020. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty