March 2, 2021

Dominion Voting Systems is threatening to sue MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell over his false and conspiratorial election fraud claims

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  • MyPillow’s CEO Mike Lindell, an ally of President Donald Trump, faces “imminent” litigation from voting machine company Dominion.
  • Dominion is threatening legal action over Lindell’s claims that it facilitated election fraud — a debunked conspiracy theory.
  • Dominion has sent similar letters to Fox News and Rudy Giuliani, and filed a lawsuit against Sidney Powell.
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Dominion Voting Systems has told MyPillow’s CEO Mike Lindell, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, to expect “imminent” litigation over his baseless claims that Dominion’s voting machines helped rig the presidential election.

Lindell, a major GOP donor, has repeatedly supported Trump’s claims that the election was stolen, and in December said that “the biggest fraud is the Dominion machines.” The conspiracy theory that Dominion’s tech switched votes from Trump to Biden has been thoroughly debunked.

In a letter sent January 8 and viewed by The Washington Post, Dominion’s lawyers told Lindell they would take legal action over his “false and conspiratorial” claims.

Lindell is one of more than 150 people that Dominion has contacted over fraudulent claims about the voting machine company, the Post reported.

Read more: Lawmakers, Hill staffers, and reporters recount the harrowing experience as a violent pro-Trump mob broke into the Capitol to protest the electoral-vote count

Dominion said Lindell had conducted a “smear campaign” and used his social media presence “to inflict the maximum amount of damage to Dominion’s good name and business operations.”

The company said Lindell had “failed to identify a scintilla of credible evidence that even suggests that Dominion is somehow involved in a global conspiracy to harvest millions of votes in favor of President-elect Biden.”

“Of course, this is because no such evidence exists,” it added.

Lindell told the Post that he welcomed the lawsuit, and suggested it would help him share evidence to support his claims. He did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Dominion had previously demanded Lindell retract his comments in a letter in December. It has sent similar cease-and-desist notices to Fox News, Newsmax, One America News, and Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

It has also filed a lawsuit against pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell, seeking more than $1.3 billion in defamation damages, after she pushed a conspiracy theory about Dominion’s machines.

Lindell stands by Trump after the Capitol siege

Lindell has remained a close Trump ally even after the Capitol siege, which he described as “very peaceful.”

While other companies cut ties with Trump, MyPillow offered a discount to customers using the code “FightForTrump.”

On Trump’s final Friday in office, he met with Lindell. Their meeting notes were photographed by Post photographer Jabin Botsford, and included phrases referencing investigating the 2020 election.

The next day, Lindell tweeted a photo of a document he claimed proved “Trump got around 79m votes to 68m votes for Biden.” Twitter labelled the tweet as a “disputed” claim of election fraud and prevented it from being replied to, liked, or retweeted.