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A Colorado judge ticked off two pro-Trump lawyers for a failed case alleging election fraud.
The case was dismissed earlier, but the judge called its lawyers to a hearing over frivolous suits.
He asked them if it ever occurred to them that they may just be a "propaganda tool" for Trump.
A Colorado judge gave a scathing rebuke to a pair of lawyers after he dismissed their case challenging the results of the 2020 election, suggesting they were just parroting former President Donald Trump's talking points.
Lawyers Gary Fielder and Ernest John Walker filed a class-action suit in December last year, claiming to represent the voting rights of 160 million Americans. They accuse a slew of high-profile politicians and tech CEOs of thwarting a Trump election victory with China and Iran's help, according to court documents seen by Insider.
The pair have bankrolled their case via a crowdfunding page calling it "the largest civil rights class-action lawsuit in history."
The case was dismissed in April, one of the numerous failed attempts to implicate voting technology company Dominion Voting Systems in an alleged plot to steal the election for Joe Biden.
But Federal Judge N. Reid Neureiter found the case so frivolous that he called Fielder and Walker in for a hearing Friday to ask them if they had been used "as a propaganda tool" for Trump, The Washington Post reported.
"Did that ever occur to you? That, possibly, [you're] just repeating stuff the president is lying about?" Neureiter said, referring to Trump, the Post reported.
Fielder and Walker argued that they filed the case in good faith, and plan to re-file the case despite the threat of sanction from Neureiter, the Post reported.
Theirs is one of several cases that appears to be heavily influenced by evidence-free claims by the former president, despite none of them having succeeded in court.
It also named Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger, and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as defendants in a loosely-woven series of allegations of Democratic bias and unconstitutional modifications of electoral law.
It asks damages of $1,000 for every registered voter in the US.
Neureiter asked the lawyers if they had thoroughly investigated the case's claims, such as that Dominion Voting Systems' machines had allowed Chinese and Iranian tampering, NBC's 9 News reported.
Two days before Walker and Fielder filed their case, then-Attorney General Bill Barr announced that the FBI had seen no evidence of widespread voter fraud. In November, Chris Krebs, then-director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, publicly stated that the election was the "most secure in American history."
Neureiter compiled a list of factors that a "non-frivolous" lawsuit should be ready to consider, including Barr and Krebs' statements. He told the lawyers that they should have been a "red light for you, at least a flashing yellow light," the Post reported.
Fielder spoke to Insider at length about the case and his rationale for filing it, saying that with so many people mistrusting the result of the election, cases like his and Walker's are necessary to prevent events like the riot at the Capitol on January 6.
In a written statement provided to Insider, he said: "The case was meant to give a voice to the voters of America to resolve these important issues in a civil manner."
He also wrote: "Counsel for Dominion called it "silly." But our clients, which are over 500 registered voters from 48 states, don't think it's silly."
He said that the sanctions being requested on lawsuits on this kind are there to "discourage other lawyers and public participation."
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