- A Dominion Voting Systems employee has sued President Donald Trump, his campaign, and various media outlets for defamation over their claims his employer’s machines rigged the US election.
- Lawyers for Eric Coomer, director of product strategy and security, said Trump and his campaign “invaded his privacy, threatened his security, and fundamentally defamed his reputation across this country.”
- Trump ha repeatedly claimed without evidence that the 2020 presidential election was rigged against him, and claimed on November 12 that Dominion lost 2.7 million Trump votes nationwide.
- “In response to multiple credible death threats, Dr. Coomer has been forced to leave his home in fear for his safety,” the complaint said.
- “He has had to sever ties with friends and family members in order to stay in seclusion,” it added.
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An employee of Dominion Voting Systems is suing President Donald Trump’s campaign, its allies, and various conservative media outlets, saying he has been driven into hiding and had to sever ties with his family because of death threats.
Trump and his allies have repeatedly claimed that Dominion’s voting machines were rigged to let President-elect Joe Biden win the 2020 election, with Trump tweeting on November 12 that “DOMINION DELETED 2.7 MILLION TRUMP VOTES NATIONWIDE.”
Eric Coomer, director of product strategy and security at Dominion, revealed in early December that he was in hiding following a sustained attack on his integrity and livelihood.
And in a complaint filed Tuesday at a district court in Denver, Colorado, lawyers for Coomer said that the Trump campaign and its allies have “elevated Dr. Coomer into the national spotlight, invaded his privacy, threatened his security, and fundamentally defamed his reputation across this country.”
Defendants in the case include the Trump campaign, Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell, and representatives for the pro-Trump outlets including The Gateway Pundit, One America News Network, and Newsmax Media.
“This case is based on Defendants’ false and baseless assertions that Dr. Coomer, an employee of Dominion Voting Systems, Inc. (Dominion), sits at the centre of a national conspiracy to fraudulently elect the President of the United States,” attorneys Charles J. Cain and Steve Skarnulis wrote.
Several right-wing media outlets had singled out Coomer as being responsible for the alleged fraud.
For example, the complaint cites a tweet from OANN White House Correspondent Chanel Rion, which said: “Dominion Director of Strategy and Security, #EricCoomer: ‘Trump won’t win. I made F***ing sure of that.'”
The complaint went on to argue that even though claims of election fraud have been proved to be baseless, the threat to Coomer’s life persists.
“While this theory has been thoroughly rejected, its immediate and life-threatening effects remain very real,” the filing said. “Without concern for the truth or the consequences of their reckless conduct, Defendants branded Dr. Coomer a traitor to the United States, a terrorist, and a criminal of the highest order.”
The complaint added that Coomer “was forced to flee his home in response to the credible threats he has been receiving and continues to receive. He has had to sever ties with friends and family members in order to stay in seclusion.”
“Dr. Coomer has had an onslaught of harassment and credible death threats issued against him; he is at risk in his home or in going to work; his presence puts his family, friends, colleagues, and his community in danger,” the lawyers said.
Coomer first broke silence to describe his ordeal in early December.
“It’s terrifying,” he told the Associated Press. “I’ve worked in international elections in all sorts of post-conflict countries where election violence is real and people end up getting killed over it. And I feel that we’re on the verge of it.”
According to the AP, Coomer’s father even received a handwritten letter that said: “How does it feel to have a traitor for a son?”
While Coomer is filing a personal complaint, Dominion CEO John Poulos has threatened legal action against Trump.
Poulos wrote to former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell on December 17 asking her to retract “wild, knowingly baseless and false accusations” about his voting machines.
Powell had claimed the machines were made in Venezuela to make sure former President Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013, “never lost an election after one constitutional referendum came out the way he did not want it to come out.”
Facing defamation lawsuits, Newsmax and Fox News have in recent days aired clarifications debunking the voter-fraud conspiracy theories previously discussed on their shows, and clarifying that it had no evidence for them.