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Dominion demands ex-Michigan lawmaker retract voter fraud claims

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 4/4/2021 Kaelan Deese
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Dominion Voting Systems released a statement demanding former Michigan state Sen. Patrick Colbeck retract "false claims" he has made alleging the company of fraud in public presentations.

The company accused Colbeck of waging a "disinformation campaign" while touring the state to give presentations called "Case for MI Decertification," during which he claimed Dominion was "stealing the election" from former President Donald Trump, according to the complaint document obtained by Detroit News.

"You are knowingly sowing discord in our democracy, all the while soliciting exorbitant amounts of money — totaling over $1 million so far — from your audiences paid directly to your personal business," said the letter signed by attorneys Thomas Clare and Megan Meier of Clare Locke LLP, a defamation law firm based in Virginia.

Election fraud claims against Dominion, which issues voting machines to counties across the country and 66 of Michigan's 83 counties, have been fostered by Trump and his allies. The result has been multiple defamation lawsuits in the past several months since the November election.

The company filed a $1.3 billion lawsuit against Trump's former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, a similar suit against lawyer Sidney Powell, and a $1 billion suit against MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell. In seeking to dismiss the lawsuit against her, Powell argued that "no reasonable person would conclude" that her comments about alleged election fraud "were truly statements of fact." Last weekend, an attorney for Dominion declined to rule out that Trump could be sued next.

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Colbeck, a prominent Trump ally, left office in December 2018 after losing the Republican primary in his bid to run for governor of Michigan. He was unable to run for reelection to the Michigan Senate due to term limits.

Dominion threatened to sue Colbeck if he did not retract his statement about the company.

"In light of the information that has long been known to you and is additionally set forth above, the only responsible thing for you to do at this point is to publicly and forcefully retract your false claims about Dominion and set the record straight regarding the fake evidence and fake experts you have put forward," the complaint letter added.

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The voting machine company has received outsize criticism from some conservative leaders in the state after Antrim County, Michigan, incorrectly tabulated votes in favor of President Joe Biden, though the mistake was quickly corrected and attributed to human error. Still, a lawsuit related to the Dominion machines used in that small county is ongoing.

The Washington Examiner reached out to Colbeck but did not immediately receive a response.

Tags: News, Michigan, Voting, Voting Machines , Republican, Donald Trump

Original Author: Kaelan Deese

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