DENVER – Lawyers for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, his former lawyer Rudy Giuliani and conservative media figures on Wednesday called on a judge to dismiss a libel suit brought by a former Dominion Voting Systems employee who claims he lost his job after being named on trumped-up charges as trying to rig the 2020 election.
Eric Coomer, former director of security at Colorado-based Dominion, said in the lawsuit he was pressured into hiding by death threats after the Trump campaign and others released an unverified report that Coomer told activists in the Antifa movement during a pre-election phone call. that the vote could be fixed for Joe Biden.
Despite repeated claims and lawsuits, there is no evidence that the 2020 election was rigged or of widespread fraud.
Coomer’s Denver District Court lawsuit names campaign Trump, Giuliani and former campaign lawyer Sidney Powell, Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin, Gateway Pundit website, Colorado activist Joseph Oltmann, and One America News Network.
The case centers on Oltmann’s report of the alleged September 2020 phone call.
His attorney said Oltmann identified a person called “Eric” on the alleged call as Coomer by Google searching for the name and Dominion. Oltmann also found private anti-Trump posts on Coomer’s social media, lawyer Andrew DeFranco said.
Coomer made his findings public on a podcast, and he was both interviewed about it and he was echoed by the other defendants, according to the lawsuit. President Trump and his son Eric Trump both tweeted references to the report as the campaign launched an ultimately unsuccessful post-election lawsuit alleging there had been widespread voter fraud.
Giuliani and Powell both referred to Coomer in a post-election press conference alleging fraud.
“This case is not about whether Coomer was on appeal in September 2020. It’s about whether Oltmann reasonably believes Coomer was on appeal,” DeFranco said. “He still believes in it today.
Defranco, attorney for Giuliani Joe Sibley and Trump campaign lawyer Eric Holway argued that their clients had not acted maliciously, that the report was common knowledge, and that Coomer was a public figure – all conditions which should prevent Coomer from prevailing in his libel suit.
Judge Marie Avery Moses has repeatedly asked defense attorneys whether their clients are investigating or attempting to verify the facts on Oltmann’s claim. The lawyer responded that their clients had the First Amendment right to deal with a report already in the public domain. Some have insisted that there was no coordination or conspiracy against Coomer or Dominion, as the Coomer trial claims.
“There were serious doubts about voter fraud at the time. Context is important, ”said Holway.
Dominion, which has provided vote counting material to several states, has denied accusations it changed Trump’s votes in favor of Biden.
Coomer insisted that he had no connection to Antifa, that he had never received a call, and that there was a recording of him that was “entirely fabricated”.
He also said right-wing websites posted his photo, home address and details of his family. The death threats started almost immediately.
Coomer’s attorneys have said they will present evidence of a preconceived narrative of voter fraud seeking a target and that the defendants have found one in Coomer. The hearing to dismiss his lawsuit continues on Thursday.
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