Detroit responds to ‘Kraken’ pro-Trump lawsuit

    Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey (left) and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (right) at the TCF Center in Detroit | Andrew Roth

    The city of Detroit has responded to Sidney Powell’s longshot lawsuit trying to overturn the results of Michigan’s presidential election. The city argued that Powell’s case attempting to “de-certify” Michigan’s election results is without merit.

    “A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies. Few lawsuits breathe more lies than this one,” writes David Fink, an attorney representing the city against the suit. 

    Powell, previously a lawyer for the President Donald Trump campaign, has filed a 75-page lawsuit after vowing to “release the Kraken,” which is littered with spelling errors, erroneous claims and lengthy arguments hinged on baseless conspiracy theories. It incorrectly argues that President-elect Joe Biden only won in Michigan because of widespread fraud in the vote tabulating process that occurred “at the direction of Michigan state election officials.”

    Here’s what’s in the latest error-filled, conspiracy-laden Michigan election lawsuit

    The city argues Powell’s case is “nothing less than a court-ordered coup d’état.”

    The Michigan Board of State Canvassers on Nov. 23 certified President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the Nov. 3 election. Biden won Michigan by more than 150,000 votes. The results are in the National Archives. 

    Powell, a proponent of the QAnon conspiracy theory, is a former assistant United States attorney in the Western District of Texas. 

    Ken Coleman
    Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Historical Society of Michigan trustee and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.