AP FACT CHECK: Trump ethical crew’s batch of counterfeit vote claims
Despite an absence of proof of widespread irregularities or fraud, President Donald Trump’s ethical crew susceptible a Thursday press convention to battle via a laundry list of some distance-fetched, thoroughly debunked claims on the 2020 election.
Trump attorney Sidney Powell spun fictional tales of election programs flipping votes, German servers storing U.S. vote casting knowledge and election machine created in Venezuela “on the direction of Hugo Chavez” — the late Venezuelan president who died in 2013. She additionally talked about Trump beat Democrat Joe Biden “by a landslide,” which he decidedly didn’t — Biden become as soon as the trot winner.
A survey on the claims and fact:
POWELL: “The Dominion Voting Systems, the Smartmatic skills machine, and the machine that goes in utterly different computerized vote casting programs here as properly, now not ethical Dominion, were created in Venezuela on the direction of Hugo Chavez to make certain that he never misplaced an election after one constitutional referendum came out the model he failed to desire it to come attend out.”
THE FACTS: No, Dominion does now not luxuriate in any ties to Venezuela, nor does it luxuriate in a partnership with Smartmatic, in accordance with Eddie Perez, a vote casting skills educated on the OSET Institute, a nonpartisan election skills learn and trend nonprofit.
Smartmatic is a world firm incorporated in Florida by Venezuelan founders. The firm states on its web predicament that it’s now not linked to governments or political events of any nation.
POWELL: “One of (the machine’s) most attribute points is its potential to flip votes. It could well in all probability in all probability predicament and go an algorithm that perhaps ran in all places the nation to prefer a particular proportion 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 programs switched votes for Trump to count as votes for Biden. A assertion released by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Safety Agency, a federal company that oversees U.S. election security, says there’s no fact to claims that votes solid for Trump were switched to count for Biden or deleted.
POWELL, on reviews that a U.S. vote casting server is in Germany: “That is ethical, it’s by some skill linked to this nonetheless I invent now not know whether or now not ethical guys obtained it or nefarious guys obtained it.”
THE FACTS: No, it’s now not ethical. Powell is referencing a fictitious tale that a server web hosting proof of vote casting irregularities within the Nov. 3 U.S. election become as soon as in Germany.
Republican Fetch. Louie Gohmert of Texas claimed final week that “U.S. Navy forces” seized a server from a Frankfurt issue of job. An Navy spokesman described allegations that the Navy had recovered servers in Germany as counterfeit.
Two vote casting machine companies that conspiracy theorists talked about were linked to the German server — Scytl and Dominion — luxuriate in both released statements denying these claims.
POWELL: “President Trump obtained by a landslide.”
THE FACTS: That’s counterfeit. Biden has an Electoral College lead of 306 to 232 after The Associated Press on Thursday declared him the winner in Georgia. That’s the identical margin Trump had in 2016. Back then, Trump described it as a “landslide.” Biden additionally leads the liked vote by fair about 6 million votes.
Associated Press writers Jude Joffe-Block in Phoenix and Amanda Seitz in Chicago contributed to this document.
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