An election programs employee pushed into hiding by loss of life threats has filed a defamation lawsuit in opposition to President Donald Trump’s marketing campaign, two of its legal professionals and a few conservative media figures and shops.
Eric Coomer, safety director on the Colorado-based Dominion Voting Methods, stated he desires his life again after being named in false fees as a key actor in “rigging” the election for President-elect Joe Biden. There was no proof that the election was rigged.
His lawsuit, filed Tuesday in district courtroom in Denver County, Colorado, names the Trump marketing campaign, legal professionals Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, conservative columnist Michelle Malkin, the web site Gateway Pundit, Colorado conservative activist Joseph Oltmann, and conservative media Newsmax and One America Information Community.
“I’ve been thrust into the general public highlight by individuals with political and monetary agendas however, at coronary heart, I’m a personal individual,” Coomer stated in an announcement.
“Whereas I intend to do the whole lot I can to recapture my prior way of life, I’ve few illusions on this regard,” he stated. “And so, in the present day, I put my belief within the authorized course of, which has already uncovered the reality of the 2020 presidential election.”
Dominion, which offered vote-counting tools to a number of states, has denied accusations that it switched Trump votes in Biden’s favor, and no proof has emerged to again these fees up.
Dominion and one other voting expertise firm, Smartmatic, have begun to battle again in opposition to being named in baseless conspiracy theories. After authorized threats had been made, Fox Information Channel and Newsmax in current days have aired retractions of some claims made on their networks.
There was no fast remark from these named within the lawsuit.
His legal professionals stated Coomer has grow to be “the face of the false claims.” Coomer’s identify first bought public publicity in a podcast by Oltmann, who claimed to have heard a technique name of Antifa activists. When the prospect of a Trump victory was introduced up, Oltmann stated a person recognized as “Eric from Dominion” supposedly stated “don’t be concerned concerning the election, Trump just isn’t going to win. I made … positive of that,” including an expletive.
In an opinion piece written for the Denver Publish, Coomer wrote that he has no connections to Antifa, was by no means on any name and the concept there’s some recording of him is “wholly fabricated.”
The actual fact-checking web site Snopes stated Oltmann hasn’t co-operated in any makes an attempt to confirm his claims.
Oltmann additionally claimed that Coomer made anti-Trump feedback on Fb. The lawsuit acknowledged that Coomer made feedback essential of the president on his non-public Fb web page; he now says his web page is inactive.
Oltmann’s fees unfold after he was interviewed by Malkin and Gateway Pundit. Eric Trump tweeted about them. OANN, and its White Home correspondent Chanel Rion, reported on them. Powell, misidentifying Coomer as working for Smartmatic, stated at a information convention that Coomer’s “social media is full of hatred” for Trump, and he or she later repeated her fees in a Newsmax interview.
Giuliani, at a information convention, referred to as Coomer “a vicious, vicious man. He wrote horrible issues concerning the president … He’s utterly warped,” in keeping with the lawsuit.
Fox Information Channel, one other community standard with Trump supporters, just isn’t being sued and Coomer truly makes use of Fox’s Tucker Carlson to buttress his case. The lawsuit notes a scheduled Powell look on Carlson’s present didn’t occur after she couldn’t present proof for her fees.
Coomer advised The Related Press earlier this month that right-wing web sites posted his picture, house tackle and particulars about his household. Dying threats started virtually instantly.
He stated his father, an Military veteran, acquired a handwritten letter asking, “How does it really feel to have a traitor for a son.”
“It is terrifying,” Coomer stated. “I’ve labored in worldwide elections in all types of post-conflict nations the place election violence is actual and persons are getting killed over it. And I really feel that we’re on the verge of that.”