In their battle to challenge the 2020 election, President Donald Trump and his lawyers have zeroed in on voting machine company Dominion Voting Systems.
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani has now claimed that the company was a “front” for Smartmatic, another voting technology manufacturer on whose board a member of Joe Biden’s transition team reportedly sits.
“We’re fixing to overturn the results”
According to The Washington Times, Trump and his lawyers — most notably, Giuliani and Michael Flynn attorney Sidney Powell — have repeated in recent days unverified claims that Dominion’s machines were used purposefully to incorrectly count votes in Biden’s favor.
Both lawyers have alleged that Dominion uses software from Smartmatic, a company that was founded in 2000 by Venezuelan engineers, according to the Times.
In a tweet Sunday, Giuliani said that Smartmatic was used to compute votes in the 2020 election on Dominion’s behalf and encouraged his followers to look into the company. Giuliani was apparently drawing attention to Peter Neffenger, a member of Smartmatic’s board who recently joined Joe Biden’s transition team, to insinuate that the company was rigging votes for the Democrat.
Powell made similar claims in an interview with Fox News on Sunday, where she alleged she had evidence to “overturn” the election.
“[Neffenger] is president and on the board of directors of Smartmatic, and it just so happens he’s on Mr. Biden’s presidential transition team that’s going to be nonexistent, because we’re fixing to overturn the results of the election in multiple states,” she said, according to CNS News.
“Can you believe it?”
Giuliani also told Fox News that Dominion is a “very dangerous” company, highlighting its foreign and “radical left” connections.
“Dominion sends everything to Smartmatic. Can you believe it? Our votes are sent overseas,” he said, according to RealClearPolitics. “They are sent to someplace else, some other country. Why do they leave our country?”
Smartmatic has denied a connection with Dominion, saying it “has never provided Dominion Voting Systems with any software, hardware or other technology,” according to CNS News. “The two companies are competitors in the marketplace,” Smartmatic added in a statement.
Dominion, meanwhile, has said that it “categorically denies false assertions about vote switching issues,” The Washington Times reported. But Democrats including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have also raised concerns about Dominion as recently as last year, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) questioned Smartmatic’s ties to Venezuela in 2006 after the company bought out a U.S. firm.
“As you can imagine, having a foreign government invest in or buy a company that services U.S. elections could raise concerns about the integrity of the elections conducted by these machines,” Maloney wrote in a letter to the Treasury Department at the time, according to The Washington Times.