DENVER attorneys for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, his one-time lawyer Rudy Giuliani and conservative media figures on Wednesday asked a judge to dismiss a defamation case from a former Dominion Voting Systems employee who claims he lost his job after being named in false accusations like trying to rig the 2020 election.
Eric Coomer, a former security director in Colorado-based Dominion, says in the trial that he was driven by covert death threats after the Trump campaign and others published an unconfirmed report that Coomer told activists in the Antifa movement in a phone call before the election that the vote could be fixed for Joe Biden.
Despite repeated allegations and lawsuits, there have been no signs that the 2020 election was rigged or about extensive fraud.
Coomer’s trial in Denver District Court names the Trump campaign, Giuliani and once campaign lawyer Sidney Powell, conservative columnist Michelle Malkin, the Gateway Pundit website, Colorado activist Joseph Oltmann and One America News Network.
The case concerns the reporting of the alleged telephone call from September 2020 from Oltmann.
His lawyer said Oltmann identified a person referred to as “Eric” on the alleged call as Coomer by google the name and Dominion. Oltmann also found private anti-Trump posts on social media by Coomer, attorney Andrew DeFranco said.
Coomer published his findings on a podcast, and he was both interviewed about it, and it was picked up by the other defendants, the case claims. Both President Trump and his son Eric Trump tweeted references to the report as the campaign ultimately initiated unsuccessful lawsuits after the election claiming widespread voter fraud.
Giuliani and Powell both referred to Coomer at a post-election press conference alleging fraud.
“This case is not about whether Coomer was on the call in September 2020. It is about whether Oltmann reasonably believes Coomer was on the call,” DeFranco said. “He believes in it to this day.”
Defranco, Giuliani Attorney Joe Sibley and Trump Campaign Attorney Eric Holway claimed that their clients did not act with malice, that the report was public knowledge, and that Coomer was a public figure – all conditions that were to prevent Coomer from winning in his defamation.
Judge Marie Avery Moses repeatedly asked the defense attorney if their clients were investigating or trying to verify Oltmann’s claim. The lawyer replied that their clients had a first right of amendment to process a report that was already in the public domain. Some insisted there was no coordination or conspiracy against Coomer or Dominion, as Coomer’s lawsuit claims.
“There was serious doubt about election fraud at the time. The context is important, ”Holway said.
Dominion, which provided counting equipment to several states, has denied allegations that it shifted Trump votes in Biden’s favor.
Coomer has insisted that he has no connection to Antifa, has never been on call, and that there is a recording of him being “completely fabricated.”
He has also said that right-wing websites posted his photo, home address and details about his family. Death threats began almost immediately.
Coomer’s lawyers said they would present evidence of a preconceived notion of electoral fraud looking for a target and that the defendants found one in Coomer. The hearing to dismiss his lawsuit continues Thursday.
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