NEW YORK (AP) – An electoral system official who went into hiding on death threats has filed a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s campaign, two of his lawyers, and some conservative media officials.
Eric Coomer, director of security at Dominion Voting Systems, Colorado, said he wanted his life back after being cited in false accusations as a key player in “falsifying” President-elect Joe Biden. There is no evidence that the election was rigged.
His lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the Denver County, Colorado District Court, names the Trump campaign, attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, conservative columnist Michelle Malkin, website Gateway Pundit, conservative Colorado activist Joseph Oltmann as well the conservative media Newsmax and One America News Network.
“I’ve been put into the public spotlight by people with political and financial goals, but basically I’m a private person,” Coomer said in a statement.
“While I intend to do everything I can to regain my former lifestyle, I have few illusions about this,” he said. “And so today I have confidence in the legal process that has already revealed the truth of the 2020 presidential election.”
Dominion, which provided vote counting equipment to several states, has denied allegations of swapping Trump votes in favor of Biden, and no evidence has emerged to support these allegations.
Dominion and another voting technology company, Smartmatic, have begun to oppose being featured in unsubstantiated conspiracy theories. After legal threats were issued, Fox News Channel and Newsmax have withdrawn some claims made on their networks in the past few days.
There was no immediate comment from anyone named in the lawsuit.
His lawyers said Coomer had become “the face of false claims”. Coomer’s name first became public on a podcast by Oltmann, who claimed to have heard a strategy call from anti-fascist activists. When the prospect of a Trump victory was raised, Oltmann said a man identified as “Eric from Dominion” allegedly said, “Don’t worry about the election, Trump won’t win. I… made sure of that, ”he added.
In an opinion piece written for the Denver Post, Coomer wrote that he had no ties to Antifa, had never called, and the idea that there was a record of him was “entirely fictional.”
The fact-checking website of Snopes said Oltmann did not cooperate in any attempts to verify his claims.
Oltmann also claimed Coomer made anti-Trump comments on Facebook. The lawsuit recognized that Coomer posted comments criticizing the president on his private Facebook page. He now says his site is down.
Oltmann’s charges spread after being interviewed by Malkin and Gateway Pundit. Eric Trump tweeted about her. OANN and his White House correspondent, Chanel Rion, reported on it. Powell, who falsely identified Coomer as an employee of Smartmatic, said at a press conference that Coomer was “social media full of hatred” for Trump, and later repeated her allegations in a Newsmax interview.
Giuliani called Coomer “a vicious, vicious man” at a press conference. He wrote terrible things about the president … He’s completely skewed, ”the lawsuit said.
Fox News Channel, another popular network among Trump supporters, is not being sued, and Coomer is using Fox’s Tucker Carlson to back his case. The lawsuit notes that Powell did not make a scheduled appearance on Carlson’s show after failing to provide evidence to support her allegations.
Coomer told The Associated Press earlier this month that right-wing websites had published his photo, home address and family details. Death threats started 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,” said Coomer. “I’ve worked in international elections in all sorts of post-conflict countries where electoral violence is real and people are killed for it. And I feel like we’re about to do it. “