The attorney for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, its lifelong lawyer Rudy Giuliani and conservative media figures asked a judge Wednesday to dismiss a defamation suit by a former Dominion Voting Systems employee who argues He lost his job after being named on false charges as attempted. For rigging the 2020 election.
Eric Kuomer, a former security director for Colorado-based Dominion, says the trial covered him with post-Trump campaign death threats and others publicized an unverified report that Kuomer had accused the Antifa movement in a pre-election telephone call. Told the workers. that the vote could be settled for Joe Biden
Despite repeated claims and lawsuits, there is no evidence that the 2020 election was rigged or that there was widespread fraud.
Coomer’s Denver District Court trial names the Trump campaign, Giuliani and lifelong campaign attorney Sidney Powell conservative columnist Michelle Malkin, website Gateway Pundit, Colorado activist Joseph Altman and One America News Network.
The case centers around the reporting of the alleged September 2020 phone call by Altman.
His lawyer said that Oltman identified someone referred to by Googling the Name and Dominion as “Eric” on the alleged call as Kummer. Attorney Andrew DeFranco said Altman also found private anti-Trump social media posts by Kuomer.
Altman publicized his findings on a podcast, and it was both interviewed and picked up by other defendants, the lawsuit alleges. President Trump and his son Eric Trump both tweeted reference to the report as the campaign eventually launched unsuccessful lawsuits after the election, alleging widespread voter fraud.
Both Giuliani and Powell referred to Kuomer in a post-election press conference, alleging fraud.
“This case is not about whether Kuomer was on call in September 2020. It is about whether Altman reasonably believes that Kuomer was on call,” DeFranco said. “He believes in it to this day.”
DeFranco, Giuliani attorney Joe Sibley, and Trump campaign attorney Eric Holway argued that their clients did not act with malice, that the report was public knowledge, and that Coomer was a public figure—all terms that governed Coomer in her defamation suit. should be stopped from happening.
Judge Mary Avery Moses repeatedly asked defense attorneys whether their clients investigated or tried to investigate Altman’s claim. The lawyer replied that his clients already had a First Amendment right to address a report in the public domain. Some insisted that there was no co-ordination or conspiracy against either Coomer or Dominion, as Kuomer’s lawsuit argues.
“At the time there were serious doubts about electoral fraud. The context is important,” Holway said.
Dominion, which provided vote counting equipment to several states, denied allegations that it diverted Trump’s votes in favor of Biden.
Coomer insisted that he had no connection to Antifa, had never been on a call and that his recordings were “completely concocted”.
He has also said that right-wing websites have posted his photo, home address and details about his family. The death threats began almost immediately.
Coomer’s lawyers said they would present evidence of a pre-conceived narrative of electoral fraud in their pursuit of a target, and the defendants found one in Coomer. The hearing to dismiss his case continues on Thursday.
This story has been corrected to indicate that Altman published the findings on the podcast instead of Kummer.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Rudy Giuliani