Dominion Tells Michigan Voter Fraud Witness to Stop Making Claims with 'No Basis In Reality'

Attorneys for Dominion Voting Systems, a company which makes voting machines and is the target of pro-President Donald Trump conspiracy theorists, ordered a former contractor to cease and desist fraud clams which have "no basis in reality."

Dominion lawyers described Mellissa Carone as a "leader of [a] misinformation campaign" led by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and others seeking to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's victory. Carone, who was an alleged voter fraud witness at a Michigan hearing alongside Giuliani earlier this month, is a former contractor for Dominion at Detroit's TCF Center. This is the location where the city's absentee ballots were counted and where she made numerous unproven claims about wrongdoing from the election technology company. The attorneys highlighted that Carone was hired through a staffing agency "for one day to clean glass on machines and complete other menial tasks."

After threatening her with "imminent" litigation last week, Dominion told Carone she must immediately "cease and desist making defamatory claims." The Dominion legal team's letter to Carone, obtained by The Detroit News, said she must preserve records backing up her "smear campaign against the company" at the behest of the Trump campaign.

"Without a shred of corroborating evidence, you have claimed that you witnessed several different versions of voter fraud — ranging from one story involving a van, to other accusations that votes were counted multiple times," Dominion's attorneys wrote to Carone. "You published these statements even though you knew all along that your attacks on Dominion have no basis in reality."

Dominion's attorneys went on to ridicule Carone's attempt to position herself as "a prominent leader of the ongoing misinformation campaign by pretending to have some sort of 'insider's knowledge.'"

NPR reported last Wednesday that one security and product strategy expert with Dominion has gone into hiding after receiving threats from so-called QAnon conspiracy theorists. Smartmatic, another electronic voting system company baselessly accused of voter fraud by Trump supporters, threatened legal action which prompted several Fox News and Fox Business programs to air "fact-checks" against their own accusations against the company.

Speaking on Lou Dobbs' Fox Business program one week after the election, Carone and the namesake host described "egregious" instances of the same ballot being counted multiple times at the Detroit center.

Michigan Malfeasance: Mellissa Carone, a Michigan whistleblower and her attorney, David Kallman provide an exclusive inside look at widespread voter fraud she claims to have witnessed in Michigan. #MAGA #AmericaFirst #Dobbs

— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) November 11, 2020

Dr. Eric Coomer, a Dominion employee, filed a defamation lawsuit in Denver County district court, making claims against defendants ranging from Giuliani to on-again, off-again Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell. Coomer alleged in the complaint that he's suffered "severe" emotional distress and received "multiple credible death threats" as a result of unproven voter fraud claims made against the company.

The president has personally led the charge of baseless voter fraud and bias claims against Dominion, frequently citing reporting from One America News Network in his tweets. OANN is one of the listed defendants in Coomer's lawsuit.

Newsweek reached out to representatives for Dominion for additional remarks about the potential impending litigation but did not receive a reply before publication.

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Dominion lawyers described Mellissa Carone as a "leader of [a] misinformation campaign" led by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and others seeking to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's victory. Screenshot: Fox Business | Twitter