Eric Coomer, director of product strategy and security for Dominion Voting Systems, is receiving death threats and other harassments from the Trump campaign and right-wing media for his supposed involvement in election fraud. He is suing Donald Trump for President Inc., Joseph Oltmann, Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani, One America News Network, Newsmax, Gateway Pundit, Michelle Malkin, and evangelical radio host Eric Metaxas, among others, for “relentless defamation and ongoing threats.”
Read the suit here.
The introduction to the lawsuit states:
Spreading false conspiracy theories about American election workers can have devastating consequences. This is such a case. Specifically, this case is based on Defendant’s false and baseless assertions that Dr. Coomer…sits at the center of a national conspiracy to fraudulently elect the President of the United States. Defendants, by their actions, have elevated Dr. Coomer into the national spotlight, invaded his privacy, threatened his security, and fundamentally defamed his reputation across this country.
The primary culprit appears to be Oltmann:
Defendants relied heavily upon false allegation made by Joseph Oltmann, a politically-motivated individual, business owner, and podcast host, to support their conspiracy theory. Oltmann has founded a nonprofit and media business for the alleged purpose of building a political movement to preserve freedoms he perceived as threatened in the United States. This allegedly included efforts to uncover and reveal Antifa activists conspiring against Oltmann. Oltmann claimed to have infliltrated a conference call with such Antia activists. Oltmann claimed on this call he purportedly heard someone identified as “Eric from Dominion,” and that this “Eric” stated he would ensure the election went to President-Elect Biden. Oltmann provided no explanation for how he learned of this purported call or gained access to it…With no legitimate attempt to confirm the identity of these alleged speakers, Oltmann attributed their alleged statements to Dr. Coomer. With no additional evidence, Oltmann then used these statements to falsely assert that Dr. Coomer subverted the results of the election. Defendants seized on and perpetuated these false allegations to further their own interests.
Here is what Coomer has had to endure since November 3, 2020:
Defendants knowingly circulated and amplified a baseless conspiracy theory to challenge the integrity of the presidential election. While this theory has been thoroughly rejected, its immediate and life-threatening effects remain very real. The deluge of misinformation has caused immense injury to Dr. Coomer’s reputation, professional standing, safety, and privacy. Once an esteemed private election technology expert, Dr. Coomer has been vilified and subjected to an onslaught of offensive messages and harassment. In response to multiple credible death threats, Dr. Coomer has been forced to leave his home in fear for his safety. 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.
Here is the section on Metaxas:
Similarly, Eric Metaxas hosted an interview with Oltmann…on his radio talk show and podcast on November 24, 2020. This interview was published on Metaxas’s YouTube channel, The Eric Metaxas Radio Show, which has approximately 185,000 subscribers. During the Metaxas interview, Oltmann again falsely alleged that Dr. Coomer was an anonymous Antifa activist on a purported call Oltmann claimed to have infiltrated well before the election. And again allegedly determined from this call that Dr. Coomer subverted the presidential election. Metaxas also published these false statements despite their inherent improbability, the unreliability of his source, and the lack of credible evidence that an “Antifa conference call” actually happened.; that Dr. Coomer was present on the call; that the comments attributed to Dr. Coomer were actually spoken; and that the alleged election fraud actually occurred. Metaxas also took no actions or efforts to corroborate or verify the baseless allegations before publishing them and disregarded reliable sources establishing the contrary. Following this interview, Metaxas…published additional false statement in tweets, promoting his interview of Oltmann and the allegations of fraud to his followers. Like Oltmann, Metaxas conceived of a story that the result of the election were fraudulent and consciously set out to establish that Dr. Coomer perpetuated this fraud.
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