AP FACT CHECK: Trump accurate group’s batch of fraudulent vote claims
Despite a scarcity of proof of long-established irregularities or fraud, President Donald Trump’s accurate group frail a Thursday press convention to bolt thru a laundry list of a long way-fetched, totally debunked claims on the 2020 election.
Trump criminal knowledgeable Sidney Powell spun fictional tales of election systems flipping votes, German servers storing U.S. balloting files and election application created in Venezuela “on the route of Hugo Chavez” — the leisurely Venezuelan president who died in 2013. She also acknowledged Trump beat Democrat Joe Biden “by a landslide,” which he decidedly didn’t — Biden modified into the determined winner.
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POWELL: “The Dominion Voting Systems, the Smartmatic technology application, and the application that goes in moderately a couple of computerized balloting systems here as wisely, no longer proper Dominion, were created in Venezuela on the route of Hugo Chavez to be particular he by no manner misplaced an election after one constitutional referendum came out the methodology he did no longer desire it to achieve out.”
THE FACTS: No, Dominion would no longer beget any ties to Venezuela, nor does it beget a partnership with Smartmatic, basically basically basically based on Eddie Perez, a balloting technology knowledgeable on the OSET Institute, a nonpartisan election technology learn and pattern nonprofit.
Smartmatic is a world company included in Florida by Venezuelan founders. The company states on its internet popularity that it’s no longer associated with governments or political events of any country.
POWELL: “One in every of (the application’s) most attribute strategies is its potential to flip votes. It will possibly presumably maybe maybe discipline and race an algorithm that potentially ran everywhere the country to procure a particular percentage of votes from President Trump and flip them to President Biden.”
THE FACTS: That didn’t happen. There’s no proof that any of Dominion’s systems switched votes for Trump to depend as votes for Biden. An announcement released by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Safety Company, a federal company that oversees U.S. election security, says there’s no fact to claims that votes solid for Trump were switched to depend for Biden or deleted.
POWELL, on reports that a U.S. balloting server is in Germany: “That is appropriate, it’s come what would possibly possibly presumably maybe associated to this but I make no longer know whether or no longer appropriate guys got it or tainted guys got it.”
THE FACTS: No, it’s no longer appropriate. Powell is referencing a fictitious story that a server internet internet hosting proof of balloting irregularities in the Nov. 3 U.S. election modified into in Germany.
Republican To find. Louie Gohmert of Texas claimed final week that “U.S. Military forces” seized a server from a Frankfurt popularity of work. An Military spokesman described allegations that the Military had recovered servers in Germany as fraudulent.
Two balloting application corporations that conspiracy theorists acknowledged were linked to the German server — Scytl and Dominion — beget every released statements denying these claims.
POWELL: “President Trump won by a landslide.”
THE FACTS: That’s fraudulent. Biden has an Electoral College lead of 306 to 232 after The Connected Press on Thursday declared him the winner in Georgia. That’s the equivalent margin Trump had in 2016. Abet then, Trump described it as a “landslide.” Biden also leads the current vote by nearly 6 million votes.
Connected Press writers Jude Joffe-Block in Phoenix and Amanda Seitz in Chicago contributed to this file.
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