Trump allies converge on Denver as key defendant defies judge in Eric Coomer's defamation lawsuit - 2021-10-15
A Denver courtroom provided the setting for a war of words this week, Trump campaign figures and their conservative media allies on one side and a key target of unfounded claims of fraud in the 2020 election on the other.
The defamation lawsuit provides a window into the Trump campaign and the origins of claims central to the effort by die-hard Trump supporters to cast doubt on the 2020 election.
The highest profile appearance came from Sidney Powell, the former lawyer for President Donald Trump best known for her promise to "release the Kraken" with regard to election fraud allegations. A federal judge in Michigan sanctioned Powell in August for "a historic and profound abuse of the judicial process" related to her legal efforts to push baseless election fraud claims in court. Her attorney objected Wednesday when lawyers for the plaintiff, Eric Coomer of Dominion Voting Systems, mentioned the sanctions in the Denver hearing, but the judge allowed it.