Similar to your misguided boomer mother and father and estranged relations, Rudy Giuliani gleaned his supposed “proof” of voter fraud within the 2020 presidential election from unvetted posts on Fb and different social media platforms.
That’s in line with an Aug. 14 deposition in a defamation lawsuit in opposition to the Trump marketing campaign from former Dominion Voting Techniques worker Eric Coomer, MSNBC reported this week. It’s certainly one of a number of lawsuits Coomer has filed in opposition to distinguished conservatives who peddled baseless conspiracy theories that he labored with antifa to “rig” the election in favor of President Joe Biden.
In the submitting, Giuliani, former private legal professional to Donald Trump, admits underneath oath that a few of his claims about Coomer’s alleged function in “The Large Steal” got here from social media posts, more than likely on Fb although he wasn’t totally positive as a result of “these social media posts get all one to me.”
He went on to say he by no means reached out to Coomer or Dominion to fact-check the knowledge he noticed on-line earlier than sharing it in a Nov. 19 press convention the place he and different conservative figures, together with one other Trump lawyer on the middle of a number of election-related defamation lawsuits, Sidney Powell, pushed a slew of unfounded claims about widespread election fraud.
When attorneys requested Giuliani whether or not he had another sources to again up his allegations in opposition to Coomer, he responded: “Proper now, I can’t recall the rest that I laid eyes on.”
Within the wake of the election, Coomer turned the unwitting scapegoat for a wave of voting conspiracists and indignant Trump supporters. Proper-wing podcast host Joseph Oltmann initially sparked the conspiracy idea with claims that he had infiltrated an “antifa convention name” (regardless of the hell which means) the place Coomer, then the director of product technique and safety for the Denver-based voting machine producer, bragged about rigging the election. Why Oltmann selected to call Coomer particularly stays unclear, although it’s believed he was focused due to his job title and anti-Trump posts he made on his private Fb account.
Court docket papers filed by Coomer’s attorneys declare that Giuliani spent “just about no time” investigating these allegations earlier than he and Powell echoed them on the November press convention. It’s actually value a learn you probably have a second; this shit would possibly as effectively be the script for a Saturday Evening Stay sketch.
After being named by Trump’s attorneys, Coomer was focused by conspiracy theorists calling for his head. He went into hiding one week after the presidential election out of worry for his security, later submitting a number of defamation lawsuits in Colorado state district courtroom in opposition to the Trump marketing campaign, Trump’s attorneys, One America Information Community, Newsmax, and different right-wing media networks and figures that unfold these unfounded allegations.