Georgia-based attorney Lin Wood challenged lawyers from Smartmatic USA Corp. to take action against former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell after the ballot technology firm demanded she retracts claims made against the company.
On Twitter, Wood announced he was now representing Powell when issuing his challenge to Smartmatic’s legal team, claiming she wasn’t going to cede to their demands.
“I represent Sidney Powell. I have carefully reviewed your letter of December 15, 2020. I am not impressed. Ms. Powell retracts nothing. File your lawsuit,” he wrote in a letter he sent electronically to Chicago-based attorney J. Erik Connolly of the Benesch, Friedlander, Copeland & Aronoff law firm.
Wood attached the letter to a tweet in which he added: “Knowing my background & experience in defamation law, Sidney @SidneyPowell1 asked me to represent her & respond to SmartMatic litigation threat. Since everything Sidney is saying about election fraud is documented TRUTH, my response to SmartMatic was simple & to the point.”
Wood posted a copy of the Smartmatic retraction demand letter on Twitter, writing, “Efforts are now underway to suppress truth by threatening truth-givers with litigation. SmartMatic & Dominion are sending threats to @SidneyPowell1 & @EpochTimes,” he said.
In response to Wood’s tweet, Powell said she “heard” that the voting machines associated with the Smartmatic software, Dominion Voting Systems, was also demanding a retraction.
“Haven’t seen it but retracting nothing. We have #evidence. They are #fraud masters,” she wrote.
The Florida-based voting system firm also issued a retraction demand last week to three right-leaning cable news networks — Fox News, One American News, and Newsmax TV — claiming they made in “false and defamatory statements” against the company.
Allegations of balloting irregularities involving Smartmatic’s software, used in conjunction with Dominion Voting Systems balloting machines, have been at the center of accusations from Powell and lawyers for President Donald Trump’s campaign.
“They have no evidence to support their attacks on Smartmatic because there is no evidence. This campaign was designed to defame Smartmatic and undermine legitimately conducted elections,” Antonio Mugica, CEO of Smartmatic, said in a statement.
“Our efforts are more than just about Smartmatic or any other company. This campaign is an attack on election systems and election workers in an effort to depress confidence in future elections and potentially counter the will of the voters, not just here, but in democracies around the world,” he added.
Newsmax TV reiterated Smarmatic’s claims and noted in a disclaimer that regardless of allegations made by various guests on the network’s programs, it has “no evidence” that the company was involved in any election fraud.
Newsmax just aired this note to "clarify" its coverage of Smartmatic and Dominion. pic.twitter.com/I5XZ7CQpAk
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) December 21, 2020
The company also accused Fox News of engaging in a “disinformation campaign.”
“Fox News has engaged in a concerted disinformation campaign against Smartmatic,” said a letter obtained by Mediate.
“Fox News told its millions of viewers and readers that Smartmatic was founded by Hugo Chávez, that its software was designed to fix elections, and that Smartmatic conspired with others to defraud the American people and fix the 2020 U.S. election by changing, inflating, and deleting votes,” the letter said, in reference to accusations made by the president’s lawyers including Rudy Giuliani.
“While Fox News holds itself out as a trusted news source, it has continually and repeatedly published demonstrably false information and defamatory statements about Smartmatic,” the letter continued. “Fox News used its anchors and on-air guests, including Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, to spread lies about a company that had absolutely nothing to do with the voting that took place in areas at the heart of the ‘conspiracies’ discussed following the 2020 U.S. election.”
Mugica went on to say in an interview with Reuters that none of Smartmatic’s customers have reported any issues with its software, but the attacks on his company were damaging.
The company said at the time it has “retained legal counsel that has brought some of the largest defamation matters in U.S. history.”
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