By The Associated Press
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. There has been no evidence that the election was rigged.
The lawsuit claims that Trump's campaign and its agents "manufactured and spread a false narrative" that Dominion "conspired to rig its equipment and the election in favor of President-Elect Biden," which led to "devastating consequences."https://t.co/J3aWak7rcI— Globalnews.ca (@globalnews) December 23, 2020
His lawsuit, filed Tuesday in district court in Denver County, Colorado, names the Trump campaign, lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, conservative columnist Michelle Malkin, the website Gateway Pundit, Colorado conservative activist Joseph Oltmann, and conservative media Newsmax and One America News Network.
“I have been thrust into the public spotlight by people with political and financial agendas but, at heart, I am a private person,” Coomer said in a statement.
EXCLUSIVE DOCS: Dominion warns Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani it's readying a defamation lawsuit and told him to 'preserve documents' related to the voting tech company https://t.co/R1NsdDpbdE via @JayShams— Grace Panetta (@grace_panetta) December 23, 2020
This is my favorite lawsuit ever https://t.co/pWwW5SeQ67— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) December 23, 2020
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 https://t.co/OrnxXSmi6k— POLITICO (@politico) December 23, 2020
"Dominion Voting Systems Employee Sues Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani, Trump Campaign and Right-Wing Media for Dragging His Name Through the Mud"— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) December 23, 2020
— @Matt_Naham takes a deep dive into the Denver County lawsuit https://t.co/W8OMxIzanG via @lawcrimenews
Oltmann also claimed that Coomer made anti-Trump comments on Facebook. The lawsuit acknowledged that Coomer made comments critical of the president on his private Facebook page; he now says his page is inactive.
Oltmann’s charges spread after he was interviewed by Malkin and Gateway Pundit. Eric Trump tweeted about them. OANN, and its White House correspondent Chanel 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.
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. The lawsuit notes a scheduled Powell appearance on Carlson’s show did not happen after she could not provide evidence for her charges.
Coomer told The Associated Press earlier this month 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.”