Newsmax apologized to an executive at Dominion Voting Systems, one of the companies at the center of former President Donald Trump's election fraud claims, for airing allegations that he was involved in the manipulation of voting machines used during the 2020 election.
The media company, which was among several defendants in a defamation lawsuit filed in December by Dominion director of product strategy and security Eric Coomer, said on Friday it found no evidence that Coomer helped to alter vote tallies.
Newsmax also reached a settlement with Coomer, who dropped the company from the defamation lawsuit in which the Trump campaign and lawyers Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani are also defendants, according to Business Insider. Coomer had filed the lawsuit in Denver District Court. The terms of the settlement were not immediately available.
"Since Election Day, various guests, attorneys, and hosts on Newsmax have offered opinions and claims about Dr. Eric Coomer," Newsmax said in a Friday statement.
"Newsmax would like to clarify its coverage of Dr. Coomer 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 the final vote counts in the 2020 presidential election, Newsmax subsequently found no evidence that such allegations were true," the statement continued. "Many of the states whose results were contested by the Trump campaign after the November 2020 election have conducted extensive recounts and audits, and each of these states certified the results as legal and final."
"On behalf of Newsmax, we would like to apologize for any harm that our reporting of the allegations against Dr. Coomer may have caused to Dr. Coomer and his family," Newsmax concluded.
The allegations directed at Coomer and Antifa originated in Colorado. Joe Oltmann, founder of the conservative advocacy group FEC (Faith Education Commerce) United, said he had infiltrated a group phone call in which someone he later believed to be Croomer talked about ensuring that Trump wasn't reelected.
After making the claim Oltmann and having it amplified by nationally known conservative pundit Michelle Malkin, an El Paso County resident. He and Malkin also are defendants in Croomer's defamation lawsuit. Oltmann could not be reached about the latest development in the case Saturday.
"I didn't want this," Oltmann told Colorado Politics in December, saying he neglected to tape the call. "I have a successful business, and I don't need to step out and do any of this. This has been nothing but trouble."
In his December complaint, Coomer alleged that he "has been vilified and subjected to an onslaught of offensive messages and harassment" and that he was "forced" to leave his home "in response to multiple credible death threats."
"Without concern for the truth or the consequences of their reckless conduct, defendants branded Dr. Coomer a traitor to the United States, a terrorist and a criminal of the highest order," the lawsuit said.