June 25, 2022

US district judge sanctions Mike Lindell for ‘groundless claims’ regarding 2020 election

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who was once a prominent ally of former President Donald Trump before he doubled down on what many called conspiracy-level 2020 election fraud claims, and ultimately couldn’t come through on what he promised was proof that the election was rigged, received bad news from a judge this week.

According to The Hill, Lindell has been formally sanctioned by U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols for making what the judge described as “groundless claims” about the 2020 election, as Lindell had insisted that the voting machines used in key swing states were purposely altered to rig the election in Joe Biden’s favor.

In this particular ruling, the punishment came as a result of a lawsuit Lindell filed against Smartmatic, a company that supplied voting machines to some of the states. He also filed suits against Dominion Voting Systems.

Lindell’s legal ambitions were countersuits to the lawsuits the company’s originally filed against him and many other 2020 election fraud pushers after the 2020 election, some to the tune of billions of dollars sought in reputational damage.

Lindell will be forced to pay some of Smartmatic’s legal fees as a result of the sanctions.

“In particular, the Court concludes that at the very least Lindellโ€™s claim against Smartmatic under the Support or Advocacy Clause falls on the frivolous side of the line (other claims do too). As a result, the Court orders Lindell and his previous counsel to pay some of the fees and costs Smartmatic has incurred defending itself and moving for sanctions,” Judge Nichols wrote.

“Whatever the judge thinks, thatโ€™s his opinion,” Lindell said in response to the ruling, adding, “Iโ€™ve got lawyers doing more important things like removing these machines from every state.”

While Lindell has the best intentions and could ultimately be accurate in his claims, there seems to be an extremely high legal standard to prove it, and at this point, it’s doubtful that will ever happen. Only time will tell.

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