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Dominion sues former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne for $1.73 billion
Dominion Voting Systems on Tuesday submitted match in opposition to previous Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne for pushing conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. The fit says Byrne has repeatedly and falsely claimed that Dominion voting devices flipped votes for Donald Trump to Joe Biden. Dominion is asking for at least $1.73 billion.
The opening line of the 150-website page criticism is muy caliente.
“After blowing up his profession at Overstock by getting an affair with a Russian spy, Patrick Byrne quickly observed himself a new pet job: marketing the false narrative that the 2020 election experienced been stolen,” it reads.
The suit goes on to claim Byrne bankrolled an effort prior to the election to manufacture proof of fraud. It also alleges Byrne stands to economically reward by sowing distrust of election programs as he retains a stake in blockchain voting devices.
The suit information an impromptu December 18, 2020 assembly at the White Property in which Byrne and law firm Sidney Powell and General Michael Flynn satisfied with then-President Donald Trump and his advisors. Trump’s crew pushed back versus election fraud statements, stating there was no proof to help what they were being alleging.
One staffer pointed out Powell experienced shed each election lawsuit she had introduced. Powell countered that “every choose is corrupt.”
“That’s your argument? Even the judges we appointed? Are you out of your f—ing head?” mentioned White Property senior advisor Eric Herschmann.
Powell and Flynn then trashed the FBI, the DOJ, and Legal professional Normal Bill Barr, arguing they have been corrupt and must be fired. Byrne chimed in, arguing that “guys with massive guns and badges” should seize Dominion voting machines all over the nation.
“What are you, a few a long time outdated?” Herschmann responded.
After that meeting, Byrne missing access to the White Dwelling and Trump. The accommodate states that’s when Byrne began peddling his election conspiracy theories to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell.
Byrne did not answer to a request for comment.
The fit asks for at minimum $600 million in damages for lost income, $1 billion for lost goodwill and benefit simply because of Byrne’s conspiracy theories, $600,000 due to the fact the firm experienced to employ the service of further safety thanks to threats prompted by his promises of fraud and $700,000 for costs they incurred pushing back again in opposition to Byrne’s misinformation.
On Tuesday, Dominion also filed enormous lawsuits from proper-wing media outlets Newsmax and OANN.
Here’s what you need to know for Wednesday morning
😷 The Salt Lake County Well being Division will issue a mask mandate for children in kindergarten by 6th quality when universities resume. The GOP-controlled county council will meet up with Thursday to determine no matter if to override the buy. [Tribune]
🗳 Republican Jake Hunsaker declared he’s tough freshman Rep. Burgess Owens for the GOP nomination following 12 months. [Tribune]
🗳 A proposed ballot initiative would entirely change how Utah conducts elections. The recent program would be changed with a “jungle” nonpartisan key. The leading five finishers advance to the typical election, which works by using ranked-choice voting. [Tribune]
🏛 The Senate accepted a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure approach. Sen. Mitt Romney celebrated the accomplishment, calling the monthly bill a “once-in-a-era expenditure.” [Tribune]
🏛 The U.S. Senate also passed a $3.5 trillion budget system, a cornerstone of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda. [NYT]
🏛 New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he options to resign pursuing a report he sexually harassed nearly a dozen women of all ages. He’ll be changed by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, New York’s initial feminine governor. [Politico]
🗳 Below are the initial round of returns from Tuesday’s most important elections. [Tribune]
🦠 Polling demonstrates most Individuals assistance vaccine and mask mandates, but that does not contain Republicans, who are overwhelmingly opposed. [Politico]
💉 Citigroup is mandating personnel get the COVID-19 vaccine right before they return to its company offices. [CNBC]
🚨 The Biden administration is reportedly preparing for the possibility that the Taliban could seize Afghanistan’s money city with 30 times. [WaPo]
🚓 The Texas Dwelling speaker signed arrest warrants for the Democrats who fled the point out to block laws to limit voting rights. [WaPo]
🤔 The Countrywide Stability Agency’s internal watchdog is seeking into allegations designed by Fox News Host Tucker Carlson that the company was spying on him. [WSJ]
Wednesday morning’s Utah news roundup
Dr. Angela Dunn talks about ‘memo-gate,’ staying ‘pushed out’ and Utah’s COVID politics. [Tribune]
Utah County now has the state’s worst coronavirus outbreaks — but also the quickest-climbing vaccination costs. Here’s why. [Tribune]
Moab concerns mask mandate for metropolis services. [Tribune]
LDS Church moves to quash James Huntsman’s lawsuit looking for to recuperate hundreds of thousands in tithing. [Tribune]
Ideas for The Level would make a new ‘15-minute’ town in Draper to substitute Utah’s prison. [Tribune]
‘I can rarely glance any person in the eye’: St. George’s homeless truly feel disgrace in the conservative culture. [Tribune]
Some college students concerned about privacy as College of Utah law enforcement get started wearing bodycams. [Tribune]
Utah National Guard prepares to deploy 50 users to U.S.-Mexico border. [KUTV]
When will the smoke depart northern Utah? Appears to be like like Wednesday evening. [Tribune]
Coughing? Itchy eyes? Lingering wildfire smoke could be the induce. [Deseret News]
— The Tribune’s Jordan Miller contributed to this publication.