By Elizabeth Culliford (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Thursday it was referring its decision to indefinitely suspend the accounts of former U.S. President Donald Trump to its independent content oversight board. Trump will remain suspended while the board, a recently created body that can overrule the company's decisions on content, reviews the decision. The social media company blocked Trump's access to his Facebook and Instagram accounts following the storming of the U.S. Capitol by the former president's supporters earlier this month. It said at the time the suspension would last at least...
'Crazy like a fox': Mike Lindell blasted for using election lies to sell pillows in new defamation suit
Mike Lindell is knowingly spreading lies about the 2020 election "for the noble purpose of selling his pillows," according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by Smartmatic.
The voting machine company's complaint accuses the MyPillow CEO of defamation and deceptive trade practices, Forbes reported.
Smartmatic's lawsuit alleges that Lindell “intentionally stoked the fires of xenophobia and party-divide for the noble purpose of selling his pillows.”
According to the company's attorneys, Lindell knowingly spreads "lies" about the company's machines switching votes "because he wants to be seen as a champion of a deceptive message that still sells."
“Crazy like a fox. Mike Lindell knows exactly what he is doing, and it is dangerous,” the 136-page complaint states. “The country will sleep better at night knowing the judicial system holds people like Mr. Lindell accountable for spreading disinformation that deceives and harms others.”
Smartmatic's voting machines were used only in Los Angeles County during the 2020 election, and there is no evidence of any related widespread fraud, according to Forbes.
"Smartmatic alleged that because of Lindell’s claims, the company’s valuation has gone from being 'in excess of $3.0 billion' before the 2020 election to less than $1 billion now," Forbes reported. "Smartmatic is asking for an unspecified amount in monetary damages and attorneys fees, as well as for an order that would require Lindell and MyPillow to 'retract their false statements and implications fully and completely.'"
In addition to Lindell, Smartmatic has previously sued Trump lawyers Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, as well as Fox News, Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN) for spreading false claims about its machines.
Lindell is also facing a $1.3 billion defamation suit from Dominion Voting Systems.
Dominion, the primary target of right-wing conspiracy theories, has also sued Powell, Giuliani, Fox News, former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne, Newsmax, OANN and several anchors.
"Lindell has refused to back down from his baseless claims of widespread election fraud despite the litigation being brought against him, and filed a lawsuit in June against Dominion and Smartmatic accusing the companies of 'weaponizing the litigation process to silence political dissent and suppress evidence' of fraud," Forbes reported. "Lindell voluntarily dismissed that lawsuit in December to instead file counterclaims in Dominion’s defamation lawsuit against him."
Former Arizona Oath Keeper at the center of Capitol riot conspiracy theories will speak to Jan 6 committee
Ray Epps, who was seen in video taken on Jan. 6 just before the Capitol riot encouraging "Stop the Steal" rally attendees to march to the Capitol and breach the building, will sit for a transcribed interview with the House Select Committee investigating the riot, POLITICO reports.
Epps has been at the center of speculation from pro-Trump figures who say, without concrete proof, that he was an FBI plant who was trying to carry out an entrapment scheme. In November, Epps met with the committee and told them he had no connection with the FBI or any other law enforcement agency.
Epps did not appear to join in the violence and his lawyer claims he was never in the Capitol building.
"Part of the theory promoted by Trump supporters is based on the FBI’s decision to remove Epps’ face from a Jan. 6 suspect list six months after the attack," reports POLITICO's Kyle Cheney. "The list contains images and videos of rioters who were caught on camera in the crowd but who have not been identified or tracked by the bureau."
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Pro-Trump Colorado county clerk Tina Peters is reportedly being probed by a grand jury for potentially tampering in Mesa County elections, and now Colorado's secretary of state is now suing to stop her from overseeing the 2022 elections.
The Denver Post reports that Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold last week gave Peters an ultimatum that would have allowed her to oversee the 2022 elections, but Peters refused to comply.
"Griswold... said Peters... could return to her duties only if she agreed to certify documents with new election security protocols that would have restricted her authority and required her to repudiate a statement she made about getting 'those machines so that they are transparent to the people and they are not able to do what they’re designed to do,'" reports the paper.
Peters's statement about "those machines" refers to conspiracy theories spread by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell about Dominion Voting Systems machines supposedly rigging the 2020 election for President Joe Biden.
Peters was barred from overseeing last fall's elections, and last November the FBI raided her house as part of a probe into whether Peters violated any election laws.