NEW YORK (AP) — Two election expertise firms whose names have come up in President Donald Trump’s false prices of widespread voter fraud within the presidential election are preventing again, prompting uncommon public statements from Fox Information and Newsmax.
The statements, over the weekend and on Monday, got here after the businesses Smartmatic and Dominion raised the prospect of authorized motion for reporting what they stated was false details about them.
Each firms have been referenced within the marketing campaign’s suggestion that vote counts in swing states have been manipulated to the benefit of President-elect Joe Biden. The businesses deny a number of statements made about them, and there’s no proof any voting system switched or deleted votes within the 2020 election.
An almost two-minute pre-taped phase was aired over the weekend on a Fox Enterprise Community program hosted by Lou Dobbs and Fox Information Channel reveals with Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro.
That got here days after Smartmatic despatched a letter threatening authorized motion to Fox and two different networks in style with Trump supporters, Newsmax and One America Information Community.
The 2-minute Fox segments aired within the type of a question-and-answer session between an offscreen voice and Eddie Perez, a voting expertise professional on the nonpartisan Open Supply Election Know-how Institute.
“I’ve not seen any proof that Smartmatic software program was used to delete, change or alter something associated to vote tabulations,” Perez stated.
The corporate says its solely work that concerned the 2020 U.S. election got here in Los Angeles. Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani has falsely claimed that Smartmatic was based in Venezuela by former dictator Hugo Chavez for the purpose of fixing elections. Smartmatic was began in Florida in 2000. Its founder is Venezuelan, however the firm stated Chavez was by no means concerned, and its final work in Venezuela got here in 2017 when its software program discovered the federal government had reported false turnout numbers.
After the phase aired Sunday on Bartiromo’s present, she stated, “So that’s the place we stand proper now. We’ll preserve investigating.”
Perez additionally stated there was no apparent business relationship between Smartmatic and Dominion; Trump’s attorneys have claimed with no proof that Dominion’s vote counting system used at some areas within the U.S. elections had used Smartmatic’s software program.
Requested Monday in regards to the segments, Smartmatic’s lawyer, J. Erik Connolly, stated the corporate “can not touch upon the latest broadcast by Fox Information on account of potential litigation.”
The community didn’t remark past the on-air segments aired over the weekend.
An announcement aired by Newsmax anchors on Monday, and likewise printed on the corporate web site, was a lot broader and anxious each Smartmatic and Dominion.
Within the assertion, Newsmax stated there have been “a number of info our viewers and readers ought to be conscious,” amongst them the dearth of a enterprise relationship between the 2 firms or that Dominion had any possession relationship with George Soros, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others.
“No proof has been provided that Dominion or Smartmatic used software program or reprogrammed software program that manipulated votes within the 2020 election,” Newsmax stated.
Firm spokesman Anthony Rizzo stated Newsmax itself had by no means made a declare of impropriety, however that others had appeared on the community to lift questions on Smartmatic.
“As any main media outlet, we offer a discussion board for public considerations and dialogue,” he stated.
There was no rapid response to a request for remark from OANN.
Dominion has not particularly focused any information group. As an alternative, final week its attorneys despatched a letter to Sidney Powell, demanding the Trump supporter retract a number of of the “wild and reckless” allegations she has made about them. The corporate stated a few of its workers have been stalked, harassed and received death threats.
Powell, an appellate lawyer from Texas, was a part of the president’s authorized staff instantly after the election however was disavowed after making accusations of a scheme to control voting machines.
In its letter to Powell, Dominion attorneys Thomas Clare and Megan Meier stated that the corporate had no ties “to the Chinese language authorities, the Venezuelan authorities, Hugo Chavez, (British politician) Malloch Brown, George Soros, Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster.”
Powell didn’t instantly return a request for remark.
Clare stated Dominion’s rapid focus is on Powell for what she has been saying in regards to the firm.
“Shifting ahead, we will definitely be taking a detailed take a look at others who’ve participated straight within the defamatory marketing campaign, in addition to those that have recklessly offered a platform for these discredited allegations,” he stated.