Former Trump lawyer Sidney Powell accuses Dominion of 'abusing' the legal system in $10 million countersuit: report
According to a report from Bloomberg, late Friday attorney Sidney Powell filed the paperwork to countersue Dominion Voting Systems, Inc. for at least $10 million saying they have abused the legal system by suing her for defaming the company.
Powell was representing former president Donald Trump when she accused Dominion of election tampering in the 2020 election that saw Trump go down to defeat, prompting the company to file a $1.3 billion defamation suit.
Bloomberg reports that Powell asked the judge to throw out Dominion's lawsuit -- which was denied -- as she countersued, claiming the company damaged her reputation.
"Powell, in a series of counterclaims filed late Friday against Dominion Voting Systems Inc., claimed the company's earlier $1.3 billion defamation suit against her was a 'ludicrous' abuse of the legal system intended to intimidate her for speaking out," Bloomberg's Erik Larson reported.
In her filing, Powell wrote that Dominion's lawsuit against her was a stab at "diverting attention from the failings of its election equipment, trying to change the 'narrative' that was exposing Dominion's serious flaws and wrongdoing, and avoiding post-election inquiry into voting irregularities in the 2020 election."
Larson goes on to note, "Powell, an outspoken Trump supporter, may have a hard time convincing the Washington judge overseeing the case that Dominion's lawsuit is improper. The judge in August denied Powell's motion to dismiss the lawsuit, criticizing her for depending on unreliable 'expert witnesses' and anonymous affidavits to back her conspiracy."
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Michael Cohen hands Mary Trump the key to making her uncle's $100 million lawsuit blow up in his face
Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday afternoon, former Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen laughed at his former boss filing a $100 million lawsuit against his niece Mary Trump and the New York Times, saying one simple legal maneuver will make it disappear like it never happened.
Speaking with host Alex Witt, Cohen said there was about a one in ten chance the lawsuit over releasing Donald Trump's tax information would go forward.
Alternately laughing and handing out legal tips, Cohen said he had some advice for Mary Trump and her attorneys whom he also praised.
"To those people who follow Donald Trump, you might remember that there was a case called Trump versus Timothy O'Brien and the New York Times," he began. "It's eerily reminiscent of what he did many, many years ago. The only difference is that Donald at that point in time sued for $5 billion, right? It's as ridiculous as this lawsuit against Mary Trump for $100 million."
"But what makes this case very difficult than the other case is the fact that it's predicated on a non-disclosure agreement," he continued. "You know, non-disclosure agreements are paid in order to get somebody to do something or not to do something, not to reveal something, and clearly he must have given money to whether it was to Mary Trump, to her father, to somebody for that non-disclosure, but the part that we don't really know is what's written in that non-disclosure."
"But what makes this even more interesting to us as a public, is the fact that, if I was Mary Trump and her lawyer, I would turn and say don't fight this," he elaborated. "Just answer the complaint and look for depositions. Let's look for discovery because one thing for certain -- and I have read dozens of Donald Trump depositions -- they are the dumbest written paper that you've ever seen, nothing makes sense, everything is circular."
"He will -- he does not want to do depositions," he told the MSNBC host. "Right now I'm in a lawsuit against the Trump Organization. I have asked for depositions of Donald and they are adamant that they do not want him to sit for depositions because he doesn't know what he's talking about."
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A new trend circulating on TikTok is further contributing to the anti-vaccination extremism and the rapid spread of misinformation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Crooks and Liars, the hashtag #PureBlood shows that supporters of the far-right are not only "unable to distinguish between J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter wizarding world and their own, but simultaneously appear either oblivious to the fact that either they're identifying with the story's fascists, or perhaps wink-and-nudgingly embracing their eugenics."
Vice reporter Tess Owens initially reported on the disturbing trend. According to Owens, self-proclaimed "purebloods" are individuals who are not vaccinated for COVID. In one TikTok video on the topic, the onscreen caption read, "We will No longer be referred To as Unvaxxed… We simply go by…." Then the phrase "Pureblood" appeared on the screen in red letters.
One TikTok influencer named Lyndsey Marie helped popularize the trend when she made a declaration in support of it. In a video, she said, "From now on, I refuse to be referred to as 'unvaccinated. I want everyone to now call me Pureblood." The video, which received more than 250,000 views before Marie changed the viewing setting to private, has spawned a number of other similar videos from other TikTokers.
According to Daily Kos writer Aysha Qamar the latest pureblood trend underscores a growing problem on TikTok, as it has become a driving force for the spread of more Covid misinformation.
"A newly released Homeland Security briefing found that insurrectionists used TikTok to spread information about the Jan. 6 Capitol attack and interfere with the National Guard during the riot and information about how to access the White House via tunnels and sabotage railroad tracks. According to the briefing document, domestic extremists have been using TikTok since October of 2019 to "recruit adherents, promote violence, and disseminate tactical guidance for use in various terrorist or criminal activities.
"According to another report published in August 2021 by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (IDS), at least 491 accounts were found that shared a combined number of 1,030 videos that promoted hatred, extremism, and terrorism. … At the time of writing the report, the Institute found that 81.5% of the extremist videos they identified on the platform were still live."
Social media networks are continuing their fight against misinformation, but content is plentiful.
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