Trump has called Dominion Voting Systems “a disaster,” and his supporters have pushed the conspiracy theory that the company deleted votes for Trump on its voting equipment and that Dominion’s director of product strategy and security, Eric Coomer, helped subvert the election.
The lawsuit names as defendants the Trump campaign, Rudy Giuliani, Trump adviser Sidney Powell, conservative media outlets One America News Network and Newsmax Media, the right-wing website Gateway Pundit, and Colorado businessman and activist Joseph Oltmann, among others. CNN has reached out to those named in the lawsuit.
In recent days — as the threat of legal action loomed larger — several conservative media outlets have begun backtracking some of the more outrageous claims.
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Colorado district court, Coomer’s lawyers say the allegations are “false and baseless” and have caused “immense injury to Dr. Coomer’s reputation, professional standing, safety, and privacy.”
The lawsuit says the defendants “relied heavily upon false allegations” made by Oltmann, who claimed in interviews and social media posts that Coomer was a participant in an Antifa conference call that Oltmann said he infiltrated in September.
Asked about the alleged Antifa call, Oltmann told CNN he has “troves of evidence” — which he did not immediately provide — and said, “truth is the great equalizer in all of this.”
Coomer’s attorneys have denied that the Dominion executive had knowledge of the purported call, participated in it or made such comments.
He is seeking damages as well as the public retraction of all statements judged to be defamatory.
In a statement Tuesday, Coomer said the lawsuit is “an effort to unwind as much of the damage as possible done to me, my family, my life, and my livelihood as a result of the numerous false public statements that I was somehow responsible for ‘rigging’ the 2020 presidential election.”
Dominion itself is not a party to the suit.
The Denver-based company, however, said in a statement to CNN that “Sidney Powell and many others—including some news organizations—have trampled on countless reputations as they pandered their ridiculous conspiracy theories.”
The memo, viewed by CNN, references a letter Dominion sent to Powell last week demanding she publicly retract her accusations and instructs campaign staff not to alter, destroy or discard records that could be relevant.
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, Kevin Liptak, Pamela Brown and Brian Rokus contributed to this report.