Dominion Voting Systems machine company executive sues Trump allies for defamation

Trump called the Dominion’s voting systems a “disaster,” and his supporters pushed the conspiracy theory that the company cut votes for Trump on its voting equipment and that the director of product strategy and security Dominion’s Eric Coomer was instrumental in overturning the election.

There is no evidence that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, and his administration and election officials called it the “safest” election in US history. President-elect Joe Biden won the popular vote by more than 7 million votes and the electoral card 306-232.

The lawsuit names the Trump campaign, Rudy Giuliani, Trump adviser Sidney Powell, conservative media One America News Network and Newsmax Media, the right-wing Gateway Pundit website, and Colorado businessman and activist Joseph as defendants. Oltmann, among others. CNN has contacted those named in the lawsuit.

In recent days – as the threat of legal action looms larger – several conservative media outlets have started to backtrack on some of the more outrageous claims.

In a lawsuit in Colorado District Court on Tuesday, Coomer’s attorneys say the allegations are “false and unfounded” and have caused “immense damage to reputation, professional reputation, safety and security. the private life of Dr. Coomer “.

The lawsuit says the defendants “relied heavily on false allegations” made by Oltmann, who claimed in interviews and social media posts that Coomer participated in an Antifa conference call that Oltmann said he infiltrated in September.

When asked about Antifa’s alleged call, Oltmann told CNN he had “tons of evidence” – which he did not immediately provide – and said, “Truth is the great equalizer in all of this. “

Oltmann claimed to have heard one of the speakers on the alleged call identified as “Eric from the Dominion” who told attendees, “Trump will not win. I made sure.” Oltmann, who said he was paraphrasing the conversation, did not provide a recording of the alleged call or an explanation of how he became aware of and accessed it, according to the lawsuit.

Coomer’s lawyers have denied that the national executive was aware of, participated in or made any such comments about the alleged appeal.

The lawsuit also lists a host of specific threats allegedly made against Coomer and says the harassment forced Coomer to flee his home “out of fear for his safety”. Coomer has been going underground shortly after the election, he recently told Colorado Public Radio.

He seeks damages as well as the public retraction of all statements found to be defamatory.

In a statement on Tuesday, Coomer said the lawsuit was “an effort to dispel as much of the damage done to me, my family, my life and my livelihoods as a result of the many false public statements which j I was somehow responsible. “rigging” the 2020 presidential election. “

Dominion itself is not a party to the lawsuit.

The Denver-based company, however, said in a statement to CNN that “Sidney Powell and many others – including some news agencies – have trampled on countless reputations as they delved into their conspiracy theories ridiculous. ”

Voting technology firm Smartmatic, which has faced similar conspiracy theories, sent a dazzling legal threat to Newsmax, One America News and Fox News earlier this month, claiming the media helped spread false and defamatory allegations which could be debunked by basic research. Newsmax released a “clarification” on Monday that it had no evidence of a Dominion or Smartmatic manipulated vote in the 2020 election, and Fox over the past week released a video package debunking several claims made by its own hosts or guests.
On Saturday, Trump’s campaign legal team sent a memo to dozens of employees asking them to keep all documents related to Dominion and Powell in anticipation of possible litigation by the company.

The memo, viewed by CNN, refers to a letter Dominion sent to Powell last week asking him to publicly withdraw his accusations and directing campaign staff not to modify, destroy or delete records that may be relevant.

At one point, the Trump campaign sought to distance itself from Powell after holding a conspiratorial press conference with his other lawyers, Giuliani and Jenna Ellis. But since then, Powell has visited the White House at least twice, and Trump has considered appointing her as a special advocate to investigate allegations of electoral fraud that his own administration has deemed baseless.

CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, Kevin Liptak, Pamela Brown and Brian Rokus contributed to this report.