Conservative news outlet Newsmax has apologized to a Dominion Voting Systems employee after reporting without evidence that he was involved in manipulating the results of the 2020 US presidential election.
“On behalf of Newsmax, we would like to apologize for any damage our reporting of the allegations against Dr. Coomer may have caused to Dr. Coomer and his family,” provides a statement on the Newsmax website. According to the statement, there was no substance to the allegations about Eric Coomer, Dominion’s director of product strategy and security:
Newsmax would like his coverage of Dr. Coomer would like to clarify and note that while Newsmax initially covered claims by President Trump’s lawyers, supporters, and others that Dr. Coomer played a role in manipulating Dominion voting machines, Dominion voting software, and voting numbers in the 2020 presidential election, Newsmax found subsequently no evidence that such allegations were true. Many of the states whose results were disputed by the Trump campaign after the November 2020 election have conducted extensive recounts and audits, and each of these states declared the results legal and final. “
Coomer filed a lawsuit in December against Newsmax, One America News Network, the Trump campaign, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, and other people and groups spreading the false reports that Coomer had somehow faked elections against the former president. To be lawyers wrote in their complaint that Coomer had been “defamed and subject to an attack of objectionable messages and intimidation” as a result of the false claims. According to the indictment, Coomer had to go into hiding after numerous death threats.
In its statement, Newsmax said it “had found no evidence that Dr. Coomer interfered in any way with Dominion voting machines or voting software, nor that Dr. Coomer once claimed to have done so. Nor has Newsmax found any evidence that Dr. Coomer ever participated in a conversation with members of ‘Antifa’, nor that he was directly involved in any partisan political organization. “
According to the Associated Press, Coomer dropped Newsmax from his lawsuit, and his attorney confirmed that Coomer had reached a settlement agreement with the network, but declined to disclose the terms.
Despite the plethora of conspiracy theories, there is no evidence that the November election results were manipulated. According to a November 13 statement of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Nov. 3 election was “the safest in US history.”