WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sidney Powell — former President Donald Trump’s lawyer who is currently facing a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems — is walking back her conspiracy theory claims in an attempt to avoid paying up. On Tuesday, Powell asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit against her. The reason? Her public comments about election fraud and claims of a wide-reaching international conspiracy to steal votes from Trump with which Dominion takes issue were so ludicrous that, Powell claims, “no reasonable person” could believe they were “statements of fact.”
Powell’s tactic to avoid liability is to claim that public comments, repeated for months at press conferences and in court rooms as justification for her multiple “Kraken” conspiracy lawsuits, were political speech not intended to be interpreted as fact. As such, she asks for Dominion’s defamation lawsuit to be dismissed based on the “well recognized principle that political statements are inherently prone to exaggeration and hyperbole.”
Dominion’s lawyers have yet to respond. Powell could also potentially lose her license to practice law after the state of Michigan requested that she be disbarred.