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Similar claims appeared on Gateway Pundit, though it credits the findings to the website thedonald.win, whose author also cites Edison Research.
Trump himself then magnified the claim.
“Report: Dominion deleted 2.7 million Trump votes nationwide. Data analysis finds 221,000 Pennsylvania votes switched from President Trump to Biden. 941,000 Trump votes deleted. States using Dominion Voting Systems switched 435,000 votes from Trump to Biden,” he wrote on Twitter.
His son Donald Trump Jr. also implied that Dominion Voting Systems had improperly tallied votes for Biden in a post on Instagram.
“What’s the difference between a Dominion voting machine and Hunter Biden? Nothing. They both give 10% to the ‘big guy,'” the post read.
OANN, The Gateway Pundit, the White House, and Trump Jr. have not responded to requests for comment from USA TODAY.
Government, Experts Agree: There Were No Deleted Or Changed Votes, Including By Dominion
A national coalition announced Thursday that there is no evidence that any voting software deleted or changed votes in last week’s election, per USA TODAY.
In fact, the security group — which includes the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the National Association of State Election Directors — described the election as “the most secure in American history.”
“There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” the coalition concluded.
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It added that all states with close results have paper records of each vote that allow for a recount, if necessary.
“This is an added benefit for security and resilience,” the coalition wrote. “This process allows for the identification and correction of any mistakes or errors.”
CISA Director Chris Krebs also retweeted a message from election law expert David Becker that condemned “wild and baseless claims about voting machines,” according to CBS News.
Edward Perez, an election-technology expert at the OSET Institute, a nonprofit that studies voting infrastructure, told the New York Times that claims about Dominion voting machines are “misinformation at best and, in many cases, they’re outright disinformation.”
“I’m not aware of any evidence of specific things or defects in Dominion software that would lead one to believe that votes had been recorded or counted incorrectly,” Perez said.
Dominion Itself ‘Categorically Denies’ Claims
Dominion Voting Systems released a statement this week to deny the claims that its machines had deleted or changed votes.
“Dominion Voting Systems categorically denies false assertions about vote switching issues with our voting systems,” the statement reads. “Vote deletion/switching assertions are completely false.”
The statement also addresses some specific details of allegations from Trump and Gateway Pundit.
Dominion calls the claim from Trump that its machines deleted 941,000 votes for him in Pennsylvania alone “impossible.”
That’s because Dominion only serves 14 counties in the state, which produced a total of 1.3 million votes — 52%, or 676,000, of which went to Trump. That only leaves 624,000 other votes, fewer than what Trump claims were switched.
Edison Research Created ‘No Such Report’ About Switched Votes
The statement from Dominion Voting Systems also noted that Edison Research — a firm that OANN and Gateway Pundit cited in their stories — has refuted claims that it produced any data to support allegations of vote switching.
Larry Rosin, the president of Edison Research, told The Dispatch Fact Check, that it never produced any data to that effect.
“Edison Research created no such report and we are not aware of any voter fraud,” he said.
Isolated Incidents In Michigan, Georgia Not Indicative Of Wider Issues With Dominion
A few — though not all — of the counties in Michigan and Georgia that experienced minor issues on Election Day used voting systems made by Dominion.
But the errors were not glitches with the machine, and there’s no indication that the software affected the vote counts.
In Michigan, inaccuracies in two counties were due to human errors, not software issues, per a statement from the Michigan Department of State. Just one county used software from Dominion.
“As with other isolated user errors that have occurred in the reporting of unofficial results both in this and previous elections, this is not the result of any intentional misconduct by an election official or because of software or equipment malfunctioning or failing to work properly,” the statement read.
And in one Georgia county, an apparent problem with Dominion software delayed officials’ reporting of the vote tallies but did not affect the actual vote count, per the New York Times.
Our Rating: False
Based on our research, the claim that Dominion Voting Systems deleted votes for Donald Trump or switched votes to Joe Biden is FALSE. A national election security coalition announced on Thursday that “there is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.” Other experts and Dominion itself also condemned the claims.
Our Fact-Check Sources:
- USA TODAY, Nov. 12, Election security officials: ‘No evidence voting systems compromised’
- CBS News, Nov. 13, Trump spreads baseless claim about Dominion Voting Systems after losing election
- New York Times, Nov. 11, No, Dominion voting machines did not delete Trump votes.
- Dominion Voting Systems, Nov. 13, SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT: FACTS & RUMORS
- The Dispatch Fact Check, Nov. 12, Did Edison Research Find That Dominion Deleted Trump Votes or Switched Votes to Biden?
- Michigan Department of State, Nov. 7, Isolated User Error in Antrim County Does Not Affect Election Results, Has no Impact on Other Counties or States
Dominion Accuses Giuliani Of Pushing Election Lies To Make Money
Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani exploited false election-fraud claims to hawk gold coins, cigars and supplements on a podcast, according to a $1.3 billion defamation suit by a voting machine company that Giuliani and others painted as central to a vast conspiracy.
Dominion Voting Systems Inc.’s lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court in Washington, may now force Giuliani to defend his actions in spreading what the company says are bogus claims that it helped flip millions of votes to President Joe Biden and cost Trump a second term in office.
“He and his allies manufactured and disseminated the ‘Big Lie,’ which foreseeably went viral and deceived millions of people into believing that Dominion had stolen their votes and fixed the election,” the company alleged in its complaint.
Giuliani, who didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment, retweeted a link Monday to his statement to WABC radio, where he is also a host. The lawyer said the lawsuit will allow him to investigate Dominion’s history and finances.
“It is another act of intimidation by the hate-filled left-wing to wipe out and censor the exercise of free speech, as well as the ability of lawyers to defend their clients vigorously,” Giuliani said. “As such, we will investigate a countersuit against them for violating these Constitutional rights.”
Dominion previously sued former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation, after she led the charge against the company by claiming foreign enemies had infiltrated its voting software as part of a vast conspiracy. She hasn’t yet responded to that allegation, including an email seeking comment on Monday morning.
The suit against Giuliani, who allegedly sought to charge the Trump campaign $20,000 a day for legal work on election-related lawsuits, comes after the bogus conspiracy helped inspire a deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, following a rally at which Trump and Giuliani spoke.
‘Not a Fraud Case’
“Even after the United States Capitol had been stormed by rioters who had been deceived by Giuliani and his allies, Giuliani shirked responsibility for the consequences of his words and repeated the Big Lie again,” Dominion said.
Others may also be sued for making claims about the company. Giuliani, Fox News and the Trump White House itself were among those who received letters from Dominion’s attorneys in December.
In its new complaint, Dominion said Giuliani spoke frequently about the false conspiracy in public settings but declined to make voter-fraud claims in court, where he’d have to prove it.
In one Pennsylvania hearing, the former New York City mayor admitted that the Trump campaign “doesn’t plead fraud” and that “this is not a fraud case.” The company also alleges Giuliani may have played a key role in convincing Trump to keep up the fight.
“People close to Trump have said that Giuliani encouraged Trump to believe a number of conspiracy theories about voting machine irregularities, and some Trump allies feared that Giuliani was encouraging Trump to continue the fight because he saw financial advantage for himself,” Dominion said in the complaint. “Multiple people briefed on the matter said that Giuliani asked the Trump Campaign to pay him $20,000 a day.”
Trump said in financial forms that Giuliani provided his legal services for free.
According to the suit, Giuliani touted false claims about Dominion while marketing gold and silver coins on his YouTube show in December, saying, “I accomplished a lot in 2020, exposing the truth,” and warning viewers that in uncertain times the one thing they can count on to protect their finances “is physical gold and silver.”
‘Rudy Sent You’
“He recommended that his viewers buy gold from ‘the company you can trust’ and told them to ‘give them a call and tell them Rudy sent you,’” according to the complaint. “And, Giuliani advised, ‘if you call them right now, they’ll give you up to $1,500 of free silver on your first order.’”
Dominion said the lawsuit is needed to “set the record straight, to vindicate the company’s rights under civil law, to recover compensatory and punitive damages, and to stand up for itself, its employees, and the electoral process.”
Dominion’s earlier suit against Powell also seeks $1.3 billion. She repeatedly claimed its software had ties to Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013.
The case is Dominion v. Giuliani, 21-cv-213, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).
Fox News Faces $2.7 Billion Lawsuit Over Voting Machine Fraud Claims
Call it the revenge of the voting machines: Smartmatic Corp. has joined Dominion Voting Systems Inc. in seeking billions of dollars in damages from supporters of former President Donald Trump who have claimed voter fraud.
Florida-based Smartmatic filed a defamation suit Thursday against Fox News, some of its better-known news employees and two attorneys close to Trump, Sidney Powell and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The lawsuit, which seeks $2.7 billion in damages, accuses them of executing a coordinated disinformation campaign aimed at convincing the public of rampant election fraud.
Smartmatic’s suit follows a pair of similar complaints filed last month by Dominion against Giuliani and Powell, accusing both of spreading bogus claims for self-promotion and a shot at salvaging a second term for Trump. The case against Giuliani alleges he promoted the election fraud conspiracy to hawk gold coins, cigars and supplements on a podcast.
Powell is accused of leading the charge against Dominion by claiming foreign agents had infiltrated its voting software. Each suit seeks $1.3 billion.
Smartmatic’s existing and potential clients around the world are getting cold feet because of the bogus claims, and in some cases have described Smartmatic as “toxic,” said Chief Executive Officer Antonio Mugica, who declined to offer examples.
Before suing the conservative news outlets, Smartmatic and Dominion in December demanded retractions, calling for the defendants to stop peddling their false election conspiracies.
That month, Fox News and Newsmax aired segments and statements saying there was no evidence of manipulated voting machines in the 2020 election. A Newsmax anchor this week interrupted the chief executive officer of MyPillow after he began discussing election-fraud claims on air.
Smartmatic said in its complaint that the Fox segment didn’t amount to a retraction because the news outlet “did not fully admit and correct all of its mistakes.”
Essential to the campaign were baseless claims that Smartmatic and Dominion were embroiled in a conspiracy to change enough votes to block Trump’s return to the White House, according to a complaint filed today to the New York State Supreme Court.
Dominion said it has sent letters to social-network companies Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Parler asking them to preserve documents and data related to “false accusations that Dominion rigged the November 2020 election,” even if that content has been removed from public platforms.
Smartmatic, which provides voting equipment to Los Angeles County and numerous foreign governments, is seeking damages from Fox News, Giuliani, Powell and the Fox News commentators Lou Dobbs, Jeanine Pirro and Maria Bartiromo.
A spokesperson for Fox News Media said the company is “committed to providing the full context of every story with in-depth reporting and clear opinion. We are proud of our 2020 election coverage and will vigorously defend this merit-less lawsuit in court.”
Powell described the complaint as “just another political maneuver” by the “radical left.” In her statement, she included a partially redacted affidavit dated Nov. 15, 2020, from a supposed insider with knowledge of Smartmatic’s relationship with the Venezuelan government. The affidavit, in which the witness’s name is also redacted, has previously been submitted in unsuccessful lawsuits alleging the 2020 election was rigged.
Giuliani didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Smartmatic was formed by three Venezuelans after the 2000 U.S. presidential election to resolve the issue of hanging chads — a bit of the ballot that isn’t punched out all the way — by replacing paper ballots with digital alternatives.
The conspiracy contrived by Giuliani and Powell claimed that Dominion installed Smartmatic software on its voting machines across the country, and that Smartmatic maintains allegiances to Venezuela’s socialist leaders, including the late former President Hugo Chavez, according to the lawsuit.
Smartmatic’s attorneys said they have counted “dozens” of references to what they describe as the smear campaign on Fox News. That these claims were made repeatedly and echoed by the channel’s news staff is evidence that Fox News was actively plotting with Giuliani and Powell to disseminate the conspiracy, said Smartmatic’s attorney J. Erik Connolly.
The company maintains that its case is supported by its limited exposure to U.S. elections: Los Angeles County is its only current U.S. client. “That we were only used in one jurisdiction, and weren’t used in any closely contested states makes the disinformation campaign even more egregious and irresponsible,” said Connolly.
Smartmatic CEO said the company stands to lose $500 million in contracts and another $190 million in add-on services. The $2.7 billion Smartmatic is seeking is founded on estimates of harm to its “brand, reputation and enterprise value,” according to the complaint.
Fox News Moves To Dismiss Defamation Suit By Voting-Machine Company
Cable network argues that President Trump’s election-manipulation claims were newsworthy.
Fox News Media moved late Monday to dismiss a $2.7 billion defamation suit by voting-machine company Smartmatic USA Corp., arguing that claims of election fraud by President Trump and his legal team were newsworthy and that the network’s coverage of them was protected by the First Amendment.
The Smartmatic suit, filed last week in a New York court, focuses on a series of statements made about Smartmatic on Fox News and Fox Business by lawyers who supported former President Donald Trump’s claims as well as by certain Fox News Media hosts.
Smartmatic’s complaint claims that the segments on the Fox channels contained numerous errors involving the reliability of its technology, and that Fox knew that the statements about Smartmatic were untruthful. A group of federal and state officials have said there is no evidence that any voting system changed or deleted votes in the 2020 general election.
The Fox filing gives the first indications of its legal strategy in the case.
“When a sitting President and his surrogates claim an election was rigged, the public has a right to know what they are claiming, full stop,” Fox argued in its motion to dismiss the suit. “If those surrogates fabricated evidence or told lies with actual malice, then a defamation action may lie against them, but not against the media that covered their allegations and allowed them to try to substantiate them.”
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Fox’s motion argued that Smartmatic is a “public figure” under the law and that the company failed to make a case that the cable network acted with knowing or reckless disregard for the truth. “At most, Smartmatic alleges that Fox negligently failed to investigate its guests’ statements in advance,” Fox’s motion said. Fox also said that multiple hosts on the network carried Smartmatic’s denials that its technology was used to manipulate elections.
London-based Smartmatic produces voting technologies that have been used in multiple countries. But Smartmatic has a limited footprint in the U.S. Only one county, Los Angeles County, Calif., used Smartmatic’s technology in the 2020 general election, the company has said.
The company’s lawsuit accused the defendants, which include Fox News Media hosts and lawyers for Mr. Trump, of “inventing a story” that the election was stolen from Mr. Trump. The company said the comments on Fox networks damaged its reputation irreparably. It pointed to several exchanges in which it said hosts endorsed or encouraged claims of the lawyers.
In its motion, Fox said, “Smartmatic simply points to instances in which hosts offered the kind of colorful commentary they can be expected to provide when conducting an interview.”
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