The crowd at a Trump Rally outside the Michigan State Capitol Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020 | Anna Liz Nichols
Pro-President Trump attorney and QAnon conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell and other lawyers could face legal sanctions and fines over the Michigan election lawsuit that she describes as “releasing the Kraken.”
Powell is leading a federal suit to decertify Michigan’s election results based on debunked election conspiracy theories, even though results were certified by the Board of State Canvassers on Nov. 23 and the Electoral College voted Monday for President-elect Joe Biden. She has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court after her challenge was rejected and the case isn’t expected to be taken up.
The city of Detroit filed a motion on Tuesday asking Judge Timothy Kenny to fine Powell and other lawyers, bar them from practicing in the Eastern District in Michigan and refer them to the Michigan bar.
“This is not a legitimate lawsuit; it is a public relations weapon being used to advance the false narrative that our democratic system is broken. This abuse of our legal system deserves the strongest possible sanctions,” the motion reads.
The motion also states: “Plaintiffs and their counsel understood that the mere filing of a suit (no matter how frivolous) could, without any evidence, raise doubts in the minds of millions of Americans about the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election. As this Court noted, ‘Plaintiffs ask th[e] Court to ignore the orderly statutory scheme established to challenge elections and to ignore the will of millions of voters.’”
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