Attorneys representing former Donald Trump lawyer Sidney Powell are asking a federal judge to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against her by Dominion Voting Systems, claiming that “no reasonable person” thought her statements about the 2020 election results were factual.
Dominion Voting Systems in January sued Powell over her statements alleging the voting company helped rig the election against then-President Donald Trump.
In a motion to dismiss filed Monday, Powell’s attorneys wrote that a judge must determine whether her statements could be proven and if “reasonable people” would believe they were factual, given the context and other factors surrounding the comments.
Powell argues she can't be liable if the information she based her "opinions and legal theories" on were actually unreliable, comparing herself to reporters who get 1A protection when they cite sources; but she later also makes clear she disputes that her info was "false" pic.twitter.com/HpVn6hh0tJ
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) March 22, 2021
According to a screen capture from Tillman, Powell went on to say “she disputes that her info was ‘false.'”
The filling drew a flood of responses from legal experts and others who tell angry Trump supporters one thing while arguing something different in court.
TFW your defense to defamation is essentially that even people snorting coke, shotgunning beers and dropping acid would know your statements weren’t meant to be taken as factual ….
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) March 22, 2021