(FiveNation.com)- Sidney Powell, a former attorney for the campaign of former President Donald Trump, may soon have her words used against her in Michigan.
Dana Nessel, the attorney general in Michigan, this week asked a federal court if they could use Powell’s comments in a recent legal filing as evidence in a case they’re bringing against the lawyer.
Michigan is trying to bring a case against Powell, saying she, and other attorneys associated with her, needs to be sanctioned in their state. And they’re hoping to use statements she made as part of a separate defamation lawsuit against her.
That other case was brought by Dominion Voting Systems, a company that produces election equipment. Powell and others alleged that Dominion’s systems changed votes that were made for Trump to Joe Biden. Dominion has since sued Powell and many others for more than $1 billion as part of defamation suits.
Powell and her legal team responded to Dominion’s lawsuit. In that filing, Powell said “no reasonable person would conclude that the statements were truly statements of fact.”
She was referring, here, to claims she made that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Republicans and Trump. And that’s the exact statement that the Michigan attorney general is now pouncing on.
In a filing Tuesday in federal court, Nessel wrote:
“Faced with the specter of more than $1.3 billion in damages in the Dominion action, Ms. Powell has adopted a new litigation strategy to evade Dominion’s defamation claim: the truth. Whether that strategy will be advantageous in the Dominion action remains to be seen, but it strongly underscores why sanctions and attorneys’ fees are appropriate here.”
Powell has argued in the past against this sanctions case in Michigan, but that happened before Dominion filed their defamation suit against her.
Powell and her legal team then argued that sanctions against her weren’t warranted because they would be able to prove the allegations in the lawsuit they brought against the state.
That suit claimed that there was definitive voter fraud in Michigan, a state that Biden won by more than 150,000 votes over Trump. To this point, Powell and her team have been unable to win any victories in court for their allegations.
One of the suits filed by Powell along with attorneys Stefanie Juntilla, Scott Hagerstrom and Gregory Rohl asked a federal court to force Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to overturn the results of the presidential election. That was shot down by a court in Detroit, and the Supreme Court then decided they wouldn’t take up the appeal.
Once the court returned its decision, Nessel and Whitmer, along with Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, sought to bring sanctions against all the attorneys in that case.
In a release sent out Wednesday, Nessel said:
“These attorneys seemingly made statements they knew were misleading in an effort to further their false and destructive narrative. As lawyers, fidelity to the law is paramount. These individuals worked to further conspiracy theories in an effort to erode public trust in government and dismantle our systems of democracy. Their actions are inexcusable.”