New York, May 14th
A judge in Colorado on Friday rejected motions to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by an election campaigner against former President Donald Trump’s campaign, two of its lawyers and a handful of conservative media figures and the media.
District Court Judge Marie Avery Moses, in a 136-page decision, rejected various arguments for dismissing the lawsuit filed by Eric Coomer, who was head of security at Colorado-based Dominion Voting Systems. Coomer said he was threatened with death after being baselessly accused of trying to rig the 2020 presidential election in favor of President Joe Biden.
Moses wrote that “there is overwhelming evidence that an injunction would serve the public interest because the public is harmed by the dissemination of defamatory information.”
Coomer’s lawsuit, filed before Biden’s inauguration in Denver County, Colorado, accused the Trump campaign and lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell of spreading false stories about him. Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin, Gateway Pundit, Colorado Conservative activist Joseph Oltmann and One America News Network were among the others sued.
The conservative news media Newsmax was suspended from Coomer’s lawsuit in April 2021 after apologizing and sending a statement saying it had found no evidence that the allegations against him from Trump’s team and supporters were true.