A group of Republicans want the Supreme Court to view findings from a forensic audit of Dominion Voting Systems equipment in Antrim County, Michigan, that has been touted by President Trump’s legal team.
After an unfavorable ruling from a district court judge, the attorneys representing the group, including Sidney Powell, asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit to review their case and signaled on Friday that they would seek an emergency appeal to the high court in their bid to overturn the Michigan election results. They followed up with a letter on Sunday asking to file new materials under seal, including the audit findings from a separate lawsuit in Antrim County.
“This evidence is crucial to a just resolution of the cases pending before this court,” the attorneys wrote to the Supreme Court in a letter obtained by the Washington Examiner. “The petitioners stand ready to provide the evidence to the Court under the procedures it deems appropriate.”
The attorneys, who represent three local GOP officials and three people who would have been Trump electors, said the submission must remain out of the public view “primarily because of the protective order under which it was obtained.” A petition obtained by Detroit News that the outlet reported did not appear on the Supreme Court docket as of Saturday evening said the Republicans want to decertify the results of the election or “certify the results of the general election for office of the president in favor of President Donald Trump” due to claims about voter fraud.
Powell told the Washington Examiner that her team has four cases pending before the Supreme Court, alleging substantial evidence of fraud in Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Arizona, with copies of the petitions uploaded to her website.
Lawyers for the City of Detroit arguing against their case have called the lawsuit “little more than fevered rantings of conspiracy theorists built on the work of other conspiracy theorists.” The district judge who ruled against the Republicans last week, said the lawsuit aimed to “ignore the will of millions of voters.”
Powell, a former federal prosecutor involved in the Michael Flynn case who has had little success in her election lawsuits, and other Trump allies claim Dominion machines allowed for votes to be switched to President-elect Joe Biden. Dominion Voting Systems, whose machines were used in Antrim and in other places across the country, has vociferously denied the allegations about the company being involved in a massive voter fraud scheme, billing them as being part of a “disinformation” effort.
The Antrim lawsuit is a challenge against a local marijuana retailer proposal that passed by a slim margin following a retabulation not factoring in three damaged ballots. But Trump’s legal team, led by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, drew attention to it because of the Dominion hardware forensic audit allowed by a judge and a snafu weeks earlier when votes were found to be counted incorrectly in unofficial results in the Republican-leaning county. Officials determined that human error Antrim County clerk was to blame, in particular a failure to update software, that resulted in 6,000 votes erroneously being tabulated for Biden rather than Trump.
Since the forensic audit, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson warned of an effort to spread “false information designed to erode the public’s confidence in the election” and Michigan Circuit Court Judge Kevin Elsenheimer ruled in favor of the state’s motion to allow Benson to intervene in the case. A hearing about whether to lift the protective order on the forensic audit’s findings is expected on Monday, the same day Michigan’s presidential electors are set to convene in Lansing.
The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a Texas challenge to Biden’s wins in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Michigan.