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Sidney Powell 'Kraken' election lawsuit dismissed in federal court

The suit alleges a conspiracy to rig the election for Joe Biden and asks for Georgia's results to be overturned in favor of President Trump.

ATLANTA — UPDATE: Judge Timothy Batten in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has dismissed the lawsuit.

A similar suit in Michigan was also dismissed this morning.

It's likely Powell will appeal to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, which itself over the weekend dismissed a similar suit brought by the attorney Lin Wood.

Original story below

A hearing will be held Monday morning in Atlanta for the Sidney Powell "Kraken" lawsuit, challenging Georgia's election results.

The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The presiding judge is Judge Timothy Batten.

News organizations are not permitted to stream footage of proceedings within the Northern District of Georgia courtroom.

UPDATE: Audio proceedings of this hearing are available via YouTube below:

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The sprawling suit at its core alleges a wide-ranging conspiracy perpetrated by international and domestic actors to use Dominion Voting Systems, the company that makes the voting machines for Georgia and a number of other states, to rig the election for Joe Biden, in large part by switching votes from President Trump to Biden. 

Georgia's hand-count audit of all 5 million of Georgia's paper votes (both those printed out by the Dominion machines, which were reviewed by voters, and those submitted by mail) confirmed the original machine count, and a machine recount has so far confirmed those two previous counts, making it highly implausible the results were manipulated at any point. 

Powell and those who have given testimony for her have instead argued that in Georgia, fraudulent ballots were inserted into the system and the hand-count was conducted in a manner to deliberately overlook them. They have not offered direct material evidence of this, instead at a Georgia Senate hearing last week presenting data analysis and accounts of various individuals who served as poll workers or observers during the election and audit.

They also presented surveillance video from State Farm Arena on election night of counting occurring late into the night, after observers and media left. State officials have long acknowledged that counting occurred, and said it was done legally. You can read more about the Fulton County surveillance video episode here: Fact-checking claims about Fulton County's election | These 'suitcases' are actually ballot containers

In a filing over the weekend, the state's lawyers motioned to bar the admission of testimony from nearly all of the lawsuit's expert witnesses who would present the analyses that are core to the suit's contention that Biden's vote total in Georgia is not legitimate. The state argued these witnesses are both not qualified to present themselves as experts and have not sufficiently disclosed the methodologies by which they present their analyses. 

The Powell suit is seeking, among a number of extraordinary forms of relief, the dismissal of all mail-in ballots used in Georgia in this election and an order that Gov. Kemp "transmit certified election results that state that President Donald Trump is the winner of the election."

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