The legal fight over the count of the ballots in the 2020 presidential race has moved up a level, with claims from MyPillow magnate Mike Lindell that two election machine companies, Dominion and Smartmatic, engaged in racketeering.
A new lawsuit from Lindell seen by Washington Examiner alleges Dominion abused the legal process by suing him, violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and violated federal law by depriving him of his civil rights.
“Similarly, it accused Smartmatic of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, violations of the “Support and Advocacy” clause of U.S.C. §1985(3), and civil conspiracy,” the report said,
At issue are contentions that the ballot count for the race that narrowly gave the victory to Joe Biden – by some 43,000 votes spread across a handful of states – included possible fraud.
The actual evidence from the close election, which included oddities such as states shutting down counting operations with President Trump ahead and restarting hours later with Biden in the lead, hundreds of sworn statements from witnesses of alleged fraud, odd middle-of-the-night ballot dumps and more, largely has not yet been evaluated by a court, as dozens of cases were dismissed on mostly procedural grounds.
Several states have tried audits, and the most advanced so far has been in Arizona, where GOP members of the state Senate subpoenaed the ballots and the counting machines and are in the process of auditing them.
What is not in question is that Democrats across the country changed election rules – and sometimes laws – without legislative permission to accommodate their favored mail-in ballots, which are more prone to fraud that in-person voting procedures. The U.S. Constitution says state legislatures must determine election procedures and policies.
The report said Lindell is “expanding” his legal fight against Dominion, and adding Smartmatic.
The case accuses the two companies, who have denied that they did anything wrong even though a recent state ballot issue found Dominion machines displaying only Democrat primary ballots, of waging a “lawfare campaign” and “weaponizing the judicial system and the litigation process to silence dissent, unpopular beliefs, or facts inconveniently out-of-line with mainstream groupthink.”
Lindell repeatedly has insisted the election was stolen from Trump, and has claimed to have evidence that will convince the Supreme Court to agree.
He said his damages so far from the “lawfare” “exceed $2 billion.”
Dominion previously sued Lindell, as well as several others including Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, for claiming the election machines are part of the theft of the election.
The new claim charges, “Lindell will prove that the Dominion Defendants, acting in concert and as part of an unlawful enterprise alongside the Smartmatic Defendants, have weaponized the court system and the litigation process in an attempt to silence Lindell’s and others’ political speech about election fraud and the role of electronic voting machines in it .In the specific context of political speech about something as vital to a republican form of government as election integrity, no litigant should be permitted to use the courts and the litigation process as a bludgeon to suppress and stifle dissent.”
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