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.
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. “
Coomer’s lawyers have denied that the national executive was aware of, participated in or made any such comments about the alleged appeal.
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. ”
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.
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, Kevin Liptak, Pamela Brown and Brian Rokus contributed to this report.