Regardless of an absence of proof of widespread irregularities or fraud, President Donald Trump’s authorized staff used a Thursday press convention to undergo a laundry record of far-fetched, totally debunked claims on the 2020 election.

Trump lawyer Sidney Powell spun fictional tales of election techniques flipping votes, German servers storing U.S. voting info and election software program created in Venezuela “on the route of Hugo Chavez.” She additionally stated Trump beat Democrat Joe Biden “by a landslide,” which he decidedly did not — Biden was the clear winner.

A have a look at the claims and actuality:

POWELL: “The Dominion Voting Techniques, the Smartmatic know-how software program, and the software program that goes in different computerized voting techniques right here as nicely, not simply Dominion, had been created in Venezuela on the route of Hugo Chavez to ensure he by no means misplaced an election after one constitutional referendum got here out the way in which he didn’t need it to come back out.”

THE FACTS: No, Dominion doesn’t have any ties to Venezuela, nor does it have a partnership with Smartmatic, in response to Eddie Perez, a voting know-how professional on the OSET Institute, a nonpartisan election know-how analysis and improvement nonprofit.

Smartmatic is a world firm included in Florida by Venezuelan founders. The corporate states on its web site that it’s not related to governments or political events of any nation.


POWELL: “Certainly one of (the software program’s) most attribute options is its skill to flip votes. It may possibly set and run an algorithm that most likely ran all around the nation to take a sure share of votes from President Trump and flip them to President Biden.”

THE FACTS: That didn’t occur. There’s no proof that any of Dominion’s techniques switched votes for Trump to rely as votes for Biden. A press release launched by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Safety Company, a federal company that oversees U.S. election safety, says there’s no reality to claims that votes forged for Trump had been switched to rely for Biden or deleted.


POWELL, on reviews {that a} U.S. voting server is in Germany: “That’s true, it’s by some means associated to this however I have no idea whether or not good guys acquired it or dangerous guys acquired it.”

THE FACTS: No, it’s not true. Powell is referencing a fictitious story {that a} server internet hosting proof of voting irregularities within the Nov. three U.S. election was in Germany.

Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas claimed final week that “U.S. Military forces” seized a server from a Frankfurt workplace. An Military spokesman described allegations that the Military had recovered servers in Germany as false.

Two voting software program corporations that conspiracy theorists stated had been linked to the German server — Scytl and Dominion — have each launched statements denying these claims.


POWELL: “President Trump gained by a landslide.”

THE FACTS: That’s false. Biden presently has an Electoral School lead of 290 to 232. And if Biden’s lead holds in Georgia, he’ll win on a 306-232 Electoral School vote — the identical margin Trump had in 2016. Again then, Trump described it as a “landslide.” Biden additionally leads the favored vote by practically 6 million votes.


Related Press writers Jude Joffe-Block in Phoenix and Amanda Seitz in Chicago contributed to this report.


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