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Politics Trump campaign, other conservatives call Dominion lawsuit baseless

10:15  14 october  2021
10:15  14 october  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Dominion sues Newsmax, OAN, and ex-Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne for promoting election conspiracy theories

  Dominion sues Newsmax, OAN, and ex-Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne for promoting election conspiracy theories Newsmax and One America News Network hosts have pushed conspiracy theories that Dominion has secret ties to Venezuela and rigged the 2020 election.The lawsuit against OAN accuses it of engaging "in a race to the bottom with Fox and other outlets such as Newsmax to spread false and manufactured stories about election fraud.

It alleges the Trump campaign and others said Coomer told Antifa activists in a pre-election telephone call that the vote could be fixed for Joe Biden. There has been no evidence that the 2020 Election contained widespread fraud. Sidney Powell, conservative columnist Michelle Malkin, right wing Lawyers for former President Trump 's 2020 re-election campaign and ex-attorney Rudy Giuliani are among several trying to dismiss a lawsuit brought on by a former employee of Dominion Voting Systems who claims they cost him his job. Eric Coomer, a former director of product strategy and

Dominion Worker Defamation- Suit . (2018 Atlanta Journal Constitution). His attorney said that Oltmann identified someone referred to as “Eric” on the purported call as Coomer by Googling the name and Dominion . Oltmann also found private anti- Trump social media posts by Coomer, said attorney Andrew DeFranco. Oltmann publicized his findings on a podcast, and he was both interviewed about it and it was picked up by the other defendants, the lawsuit alleges.

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Lawyers for former President Trump's 2020 re-election campaign and ex-attorney Rudy Giuliani are among several trying to dismiss a lawsuit brought on by a former employee of Dominion Voting Systems who claims they cost him his job.

Eric Coomer, a former director of product strategy and security for the company, filed the lawsuit in Denver, Colorado last December.

The lawsuit claims Coomer was driven into hiding by death threats after the Trump campaign and others publicized an unverified report saying Coomer told Antifa activists in a pre-election telephone call that the vote could be fixed for Joe Biden.

Trump allies did little to investigate election fraud claims, court documents show

  Trump allies did little to investigate election fraud claims, court documents show Allies of former President Donald Trump testified under oath that they did little to check out some of the uncorroborated claims they made about 2020 election fraud before amplifying them on the national stage, according to newly available court records reviewed by CNN. © Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 19: Rudolph Giuliani, attorney for President Donald Trump, conducts a news conference at the Republican National Committee on lawsuits regarding the outcome of the 2020 presidential election on Thursday, November 19, 2020.Trump attorney Sydney Powell, also appears.

The Trump campaign debunked election fraud claims involving Dominion Voting Systems’ voting machines days before Trump allies like attorney Rudy Giuliani started widely promoting those same allegations, court documents discovered by the New York Times show, suggesting the campaign knew the fraud claims were false but let them spread anyway. Rudy Giuliani conducts a news conference on lawsuits regarding the outcome of the 2020 presidential [+] election on November 19, 2020. CQ-Roll Call , Inc via Getty Images.

Dominion worker Eric Coomer sues Trump campaign and conservative media. An election systems worker driven into hiding by death threats has filed a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump ’s campaign , two of its lawyers and some conservative media figures and outlets. Eric Coomer, security director at the Colorado-based Dominion Voting Systems, said he wants his life back after being named in false charges as a key actor in “rigging” the election for President-elect Joe Biden.

Attorney Andrew DeFranco, Giuliani attorney Joe Sibley and Trump campaign attorney Eric Holway argued their clients didn't act with malice, that the report was public knowledge, and that Coomer was a public figure.

They say those conditions that should preclude Coomer from prevailing in his defamation suit.

However, Coomer says that their actions have ruined his life.

'Today I have filed a lawsuit in Colorado in an effort to unwind as much of the damage as possible done to me, my family, my life, and my livelihood as a result of the numerous false public statements that I was somehow responsible for 'rigging' the 2020 presidential election,' Coomer said back when he filed suit.

Despite repeated claims and lawsuits by President Trump and other conservative figures, there has been no evidence that the 2020 Election contained widespread fraud or was rigged.

Trump Supporters Sue Dominion, Say Cease and Desist Letters 'Clearly Damaged' Them

  Trump Supporters Sue Dominion, Say Cease and Desist Letters 'Clearly Damaged' Them A group of Michigan poll challengers filed the lawsuit after receiving cease and desist letters, insisting they were "damaged by Dominion's Lawfare campaign."Lawyers including Kurt Olsen, who previously aided in unsuccessful legal efforts to overturn former President Donald Trump's defeat to President Joe Biden, filed the lawsuit last week on behalf of eight Michigan residents that they claim were "clearly damaged" by the letters. Famed attorney Alan Dershowitz, who was part of Trump's legal team during his first impeachment trial, is also listed as counsel for the plaintiffs but reportedly describes himself as a consultant on "First Amendment issues" in the case.

President Trump and campaign surrogates have claimed, without evidence , that widespread voter fraud occurred in the key battleground states that gave President-elect Joe Biden the necessary Electoral College votes to become the projected 46th president of the United States. The government's top cybersecurity official, CISA Director Chris Krebs, retweeted a message from election law expert and CBS News contributor David Becker warning against such "wild and baseless " claims. Please don't retweet wild and baseless claims about voting machines, even if they're made by the

Dominion has called the accusations meritless and noted Powell never made the claims in court. Now, anticipating that Dominion could take legal action against Powell for her claims, Trump 's attorneys instructed staff to preserve "any and all records concerning Defending the Republic, Sydney Powell For now, preserve all such records until further notice. Other than for purposes of preserving records in response to this request, you should not discuss this matter or potential lawsuits with anyone inside or outside the Campaign ." Dominion Voting Systems did not immediately respond to CNN's request for

( © Provided by Daily Mail ( The lawsuit claims Coomer was driven into hiding by death threats after the Trump campaign and others publicized an unverified report saying Coomer told Antifa activists in a pre-election telephone call that the vote could be fixed for Joe Biden © Provided by Daily Mail The lawsuit claims Coomer was driven into hiding by death threats after the Trump campaign and others publicized an unverified report saying Coomer told Antifa activists in a pre-election telephone call that the vote could be fixed for Joe Biden

Among the names in Coomer's lawsuit: onetime Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell, conservative columnist Michelle Malkin, right wing website The Gateway Pundit and One America News Network.

The case mainly centers around an alleged phone call made by Colorado activist Joseph Oltmann in September 2020.

When the prospect of a Trump victory was brought up, Oltmann said a man identified as 'Eric from Dominion' supposedly said 'don't worry about the election, Trump is not going to win. I made ... sure of that,' adding an expletive.

Oltmann's attorney identified someone referred to as 'Eric' on the purported call as Coomer by Googling his name and Dominion.

Trump campaign, others: Dominion worker suit is groundless

  Trump campaign, others: Dominion worker suit is groundless DENVER (AP) — Attorneys for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, its onetime attorney Rudy Giuliani and conservative media figures asked a judge Wednesday to dismiss a defamation lawsuit by a former employee of Dominion Voting Systems who argues he lost his job after being named in false charges as trying to rig the 2020 election. Eric Coomer, a former security director at Colorado-based Dominion, says in the lawsuit he was driven into hiding by death threats after the Trump campaign and others publicized an unverified report that Coomer told activists of the Antifa movement in a pre-election telephone call that the vote could be fixed for Joe Biden.

The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit in state court on Nov. 5 alleging that Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar illegally extended a deadline for mail-in voters to supply any missing ID requirements from Nov. "Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy," said the unanimous opinion from a three-judge panel, which was signed by Judge Stephanos Bibas. "Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof.

(CNN) Dominion Voting Systems has filed suit against Sidney Powell, the lawyer who pushed false election claims for the Trump campaign , claiming defamation and deceptive trade practices. The company seeks more than .3 billion in damages. In the extraordinarily detailed lawsuit filed in They are the result of a deliberate and malicious campaign of lies over many months," he said. Powell has not responded to a request for comment from CNN. On Twitter Friday, she called Dominion 's lawsuit " baseless & filed to harass, intimidate, & to drain our resources." "We will not be cowed in

Attorney Andrew DeFranco also claimed to have found private anti-Trump social media posts by Coomer.

The lawsuit acknowledged that Coomer made comments critical of the president on his private Facebook page; he now says his page is inactive.

Oltmann publicized his findings on a podcast, and he was both interviewed about it and had the story spread by the other defendants, the lawsuit alleges.

Sidney Powell ignored a Trump campaign memo saying her Dominion theories were bunk, legal filings show

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Both President Trump and his son Eric tweeted references to the report as the campaign launched ultimately unsuccessful lawsuits after the election alleging there was widespread voter fraud.

Trump, who had earlier tweeted about a legal effort to try to prevent states that went for certifying Biden from certifying their results, tagged OANN and its Washington correspondent, Chanel Rion.

'REPORT: DOMINION DELETED 2.7 MILLION TRUMP VOTES NATIONWIDE. DATA ANALYSIS FINDS 221,000 PENNSYLVANIA VOTES SWITCHED FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BIDEN. 941,000 TRUMP VOTES DELETED. STATES USING DOMINION VOTING SYSTEMS SWITCHED 435,000 VOTES FROM TRUMP TO BIDEN,' read the all-caps missive.

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President Trump was banned from Twitter following the Capitol insurrection on January 6.

Oltmann's charges spread after he was interviewed by Malkin and Gateway Pundit. Eric Trump tweeted about them. OANN and Rion reported on them.

Powell, misidentifying Coomer as working for Smartmatic, said at a news conference that Coomer's 'social media is filled with hatred' for Trump, and she later repeated her charges in a Newsmax interview.

Giuliani, at a news conference, called Coomer 'a vicious, vicious man. He wrote horrible things about the president ... He is completely warped,' according to the lawsuit.

A 'source' Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell cited in 'Antifa' vote-rigging claim said he was working with election officials to gain 'access' to Dominion machines

  A 'source' Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell cited in 'Antifa' vote-rigging claim said he was working with election officials to gain 'access' to Dominion machines Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold told Insider she's "confident" the state's voting machines are secure.In an email to Sidney Powell - a lawyer who helped the Trump campaign try to overturn the former president's November loss, work for which she has since been legally sanctioned - Joe Oltmann, a businessman who founded the activist group FEC United, wrote that it would be a "good idea to connect" to further discuss his claims about Eric Coomer, an employee at Dominion Voting Systems.

Newsmax, OANN and Fox News had to roll back their election fraud claims because Dominion and software company Smartamatic threatened to sue.

Fox News Channel, another network popular with Trump supporters, is not being sued and Coomer actually uses Fox's Tucker Carlson to buttress his case.

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The lawsuit notes a scheduled Powell appearance on Carlson's show did not happen after she could not provide evidence for her charges.

Coomer said that right-wing websites posted his photo, home address and details about his family. Death threats began almost immediately.

He said his father, an Army veteran, received a handwritten letter asking, 'How does it feel to have a traitor for a son.'

'It's terrifying,' Coomer said. 'I've worked in international elections in all sorts of post-conflict countries where election violence is real and people are getting killed over it. And I feel that we're on the verge of that.'

'Elections are not about politics; they are about accurately tabulating legally cast votes.'

DeFranco claims that the suit isn't about whether Coomer was defamed at all.

'This case is not about whether Coomer was on the call in September 2020. This is about whether Oltmann reasonably believes that Coomer was on the call,' DeFranco said.

'He believes it to this day,' he added.

Judge Marie Avery Moses repeatedly asked defense counsel if their clients investigated or tried to fact-check Oltmann's claim.

The defense replied that their clients had a First Amendment right to address a report already in the public realm.

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Some insisted that there was no coordination or conspiracy against Coomer or Dominion, as Coomer's lawsuit contends.

'There were serious doubts about election fraud at the time. The context is important,' Holway said.

Dominion, which provided vote-counting equipment to several states, has denied accusations that it switched Trump votes in Biden's favor.

Coomer has insisted he has no connections to Antifa, was never on any call and that there is a recording of him is 'wholly fabricated.'

He had earlier told CPR News: 'I have a personal political opinion. I may share that with friends and family, but I have never participated, or belonged to, any political groups, political action groups, social justice groups.

'I do not donate to political campaigns. I don't donate to any PACS or anything like that.'

He also has said that right-wing websites posted his photo, home address and details about his family. Death threats began almost immediately.

Coomer's attorneys said they will present evidence of a pre-conceived narrative of election fraud looking for a target and that the defendants found one in Coomer.

The hearing to dismiss his lawsuit continues Thursday.

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