Michigan Lawyer Who Filed Voter Fraud Claims Arrested in DC

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By journalsofus.com

An attorney for former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne was detained in federal court in Washington on Monday after defending his decision to release internal Dominion Voting Systems documents in an effort to revive long-debunked claims about the 2020 election. .

Stefanie Lambert was facing an arrest warrant from a Michigan state court, where she is being held. accused of participating in a conspiracy to manipulate voting machines in hopes of finding evidence of fraud. At the same time, he represents Byrne, who is being sued for defamation by Dominion over related falsehoods alleging that the company’s machines enabled vote manipulation.

The U.S. Marshals Office confirmed in a statement that Lambert was arrested Monday afternoon.

In D.C. court on Monday, Lambert admitted that she made public emails she obtained as Byrne’s attorney and shared them with a southwest Michigan sheriff who was also investigated as part of that alleged plot. This month, an account posted more than 2,000 pages of the documents on the social media site X using the sheriff’s name and photo.

Dominion requested that Lambert be removed from the case following the release of the documents.

“It’s been almost four years. When it ends? Dominion attorney Davida Brook asked in court. She said the company filed lawsuits against Byrne and others “to stop the lies, to stop the threats of violence.” Now, she said, Lambert was “using these same lawsuits … to spread even more lies and do even more harm.” Dominion employees have received a new round of violent threats as a result of the revelations, Brook said.

Judge Moxila A. Upadhyaya said she needed more time to decide whether Lambert should be removed from the case. But the judge said that in the meantime, both Lambert and Byrne could not access the discovery materials, and that Lambert must act to seal the Michigan court document containing Dominion’s records.

After the hearing ended, the other lawyers left while the judge asked Lambert to stay. Several U.S. Marshals then entered the courtroom and closed the door behind them. Lambert never left through the courtroom’s public entrance; There is another exit through which he takes the detainees.

Lambert’s Michigan defense attorney, Daniel Hartman, declined to discuss her whereabouts Monday, but said her failure to appear in court in Michigan “was not intentional.” Instead, he said it was because of “mixed messages” about whether to fingerprint him while he challenged the court’s orders. Just before Lambert appeared in court in D.C., Hartman asked the Michigan judge to reconsider the arrest warrant. “To compound this whole tragedy, we have an arrest warrant that probably shouldn’t be issued,” he said.

Lambert recently became Byrne’s lead attorney in Washington, but told the court she had been helping with the case since late last year and gained access to the documents sometime “after the holidays.” Given that she had them for weeks, if not months, Upadhyaya asked why Lambert didn’t file a motion to undo a protective orderwhich the lawyer signed, prohibiting the disclosure of those documents to anyone outside the case.

Lambert responded that he had no obligation to comply with the protective order because the emails contained “evidence of a crime,” suggesting that the situation was analogous to the release of “a dead body” as part of case discovery. Specifically, she alleged that they were proof that “Dominion conspired with foreign citizens in Serbia” to undermine the American electoral system. The domain lawyers. answered that this was a “xenophobic conclusion” based solely on the fact that the company has some employees abroad. A Dominion spokeswoman added in an email that “any allegation that Dominion employees anywhere trying to interfere with any election is flatly false.”

Lambert told the court that she only gave Barry Dar County Sheriff Leaf access to Dominion’s case discovery storage, which Brook says totals more than a million pages. But Lambert said Leaf shared the documents with other sheriffs and members of Congress. Leaf, who has not been charged in the Michigan case, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Lambert said Byrne shared the documents with “the U.S. Attorney’s Office.” She said she didn’t know which one; There are nearly 100 U.S. attorneys running federal prosecutors’ offices across the country. Lambert argued that Byrne is “a national intelligence asset” who had a right to “national security information” before authorities. Byrne has claimed that the FBI ordered him to have a romantic relationship with Maria Butina, a Russian citizen she was convicted of being an unregistered foreign agent in 2019. (Former FBI officials have called Byrne’s claims “ridiculous.”) He did not appear in court on Monday; When asked about the documents, he said via text message: “I am simply a humble and concerned citizen.” Upadhyaya said he must be in court for the next hearing on whether his lawyer should face sanctions.

Right now, Upadhyaya said, their goal was to “prevent further hemorrhage” of protected information into the public sphere. “I’ll get into the ‘why’ later,” he said. But, he told Lambert, “the corpse analogy rings hollow to me.”

Dominion was alerted to the leaks by Byrne’s previous attorney, Robert Driscoll, who told them that he had “asked Ms. Lambert to take immediate steps and reasonable efforts to prevent further disclosure of the confidential discovery material.” He added that he had “no prior knowledge” of the disclosure, and only found out when the documents appeared on social media. One of those posts had already been viewed more than 150,000 times by Monday afternoon, Brook said: “The cat is out of the bag.”

Lambert’s criminal trial will begin next month. A trial date has not been set in the Dominion case. The company last year. settled a similar lawsuit with Fox News for $787 million and has also sued former Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, as well as the right-wing television network OAN and pillow entrepreneur Mike Lindell.

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