Stefanie Lambert released from DC jail after vowing to turn herself in in Michigan election rigging case

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Stefanie Lambert listens during a court hearing in Detroit on October 20, 2022.


A judge released on Tuesday Pro-Trump lawyer Stefanie Lambert from a Washington, D.C., jail after he promised to immediately return to Michigan and surrender to authorities there, where there is a warrant related to his indictment on election tampering charges.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Heide Herrmann released Lambert on $10,000 bail, which he must post if he does not quickly surrender to Michigan authorities. She was handcuffed and restrained at the ankles during the brief hearing in Washington, DC.

The hearing took place a day later Lambert’s strange arrest in DC federal court. She was detained by U.S. Marshals immediately after participating in a two-hour hearing in Dominion Voting Systems’ defamation case against her client, former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne, regarding her lies related to the 2020 election.

That hearing was about Lambert’s recent leak of internal Dominion emails, which he obtained through his Byrne representation, while that case is in the discovery phase.

But she was arrested because of a warrant in Michigan, which was issued after she failed to show up for two recent hearings in her separate criminal case. She was charged last year in connection with a violation of the electoral system, which was one of the several incidents in battleground states where Trump supporters attempted to test their theories of voter fraud.

A police affidavit about Lambert’s arrest described her as “a fugitive from the state of Michigan” and said an officer with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department confirmed Tuesday that Michigan “will extradite her,” according to court documents obtained by CNN. .

During Lambert’s hearing Tuesday, Kevin Irving, an attorney representing her, said “there was some confusion between her and her attorney” in Michigan, which led to the arrest warrant being issued after she failed to appear. to two hearings of his criminal case.

“I don’t think it’s something she was running from,” Irving said, adding that Lambert would “get in her car” and head to Michigan immediately after being released.

Irving told the judge that Lambert “was here working,” referring to his role in the Dominion-Byrne lawsuit. On Tuesday he appeared to be wearing the same professional suit that he wore at Monday’s defamation hearing.

A prosecutor said in court that they preferred to keep Lambert in custody and that Michigan authorities had informed them they were willing to come to D.C. to pick her up. As he released Lambert, the judge warned her that she could “continue to be arrested over and over again” if she did not quickly turn herself in in Michigan.

Lambert declined to comment after leaving court Tuesday.

“We continue to encourage Ms. Lambert to turn herself in as soon as possible to comply with the warrant issued by the Oakland County Circuit Court; which remains unsatisfied,” DJ Hilson, the Michigan-based special counsel who charged Lambert and other Trump allies in the alleged plot to seize voting machines, said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

In Monday’s separate defamation hearing, Lambert admitted that she provided the Dominion emails to Sheriff Giving Sheet of Barry County, Michigan, who has promoted pro-Trump conspiracy theories and used his office to pursue alleged fraud in 2020. They have since made thousands of pages of Dominion emails public through court documents and posts on social networks.

Lambert, Leaf and their allies have claimed that the leaked emails implicate Dominion in an election rigging scandal. In a conspiracy theory-laden letter to House Republicans on Sunday, Leaf urged them to investigate Dominion and further claimed that leaked emails raise the possibility that “Serbian military criminals are running our elections.”

Dominion denies these wild accusations. A spokesperson told CNN on Monday that the company has a “small staff presence” in Serbia, but insisted that “any allegation that Dominion employees anywhere attempted to interfere with any election is flatly false.”

The federal judge overseeing parts of the defamation case signed an order Tuesday requiring Lambert and Byrne to “immediately desist from sharing, distributing, providing access to, or discussing any discovery materials” they received as part of the Dominion litigation.

Since former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, the voting technology company has battled a seemingly endless fight. misinformation stream. His lawyers filed defamation lawsuits against several Trump allies who defended these baseless claims and against the right-wing media outlets where they found a home, including Fox NewsNewsmax and OAN.

Some of Lambert’s fellow deniers reacted to his arrest with outrage and even argued that it reinforces their long-debunked view that the 2020 results were tainted.

A right-wing group called Electoral Integrity Forcewhich has promoted baseless conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, posted copies of leaked Dominion files on its website and claimed without evidence that Lambert’s arrest was “a calculated effort to intimidate and silence a prominent voice in the electoral reform movement.”

Tina Peters, former Mesa County, Colorado, clerk who faces state charges for a violation of election systems related to 2020, praised Lambert on Tuesday for being a “whistleblower.”

This story has been updated with additional information.

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