DENVER – Attorneys for President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, the former attorney of that campaign and conservative media figures requested Wednesday dismissal of a defamation suit brought by a former employee at Dominion Voting Systems . He claims he was fired from his job because he was falsely accused of trying to rig 2020 elections.
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.
Despite numerous lawsuits and claims, there is no evidence that the 2020 election has been rigged or of widespread fraud.
Coomer sues Denver District Court for naming the Trump campaign, Giuliani, and Sidney Powell, a former campaign lawyer, as well as conservative columnist Michelle Malkin and the website Gateway Pundit. Colorado activist Joseph Oltmann is also named in the lawsuit.
The case revolves around Oltmann’s September 2020 telephone call.
His lawyer stated that Oltmann identified someone called “Eric ” during the purported call of Coomer . This was done by going online and searching the name and Dominion .. Oltmann also found private anti-Trump social media posts by Coomer, said attorney Andrew DeFranco.
Coomer 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. As the campaign launched unsuccessful lawsuits alleging widespread voter fraud, both President Trump and Eric Trump referenced the report via Twitter.
Giuliani, Powell both mentioned Coomer at a post-election conference alleging fraud.
“This is not about Coomer being on the September 2020. call. DeFranco stated that this is not about Oltmann’s reasonable belief that Coomer was on call. It is a belief he holds to this day .”
Defranco. Joe Sibley, Giuliani attorney, and Eric Holway, Trump campaign attorney, argued that their clients did not act with malice and that the report was publicly known and that Coomer was a public person – all conditions that should prevent Coomer _ from winning in his defamation case.
Judge Marie Avery Moses repeatedly questioned defense counsel whether their clients had investigated or attempted to fact-check Oltmann’s claim. Counsel responded that their clients were entitled under the First Amendment to address any report already published. Some insisted that there was no coordination or conspiracy against Coomer or Dominion, as Coomer‘s lawsuit contends.
” There were serious doubts at the time about election fraud. Holway stated that context is crucial.
Dominion, which provided vote-counting equipment to several states, has denied accusations that it switched Trump votes in Biden’s favor.
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. Thursday’s hearing for dismissal of his suit continues.
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