OANN is doubling down on election conspiracy theories after Dominion threatened the network with a defamation lawsuit
Dominion Voting Systems has threatened to sue OAN, Newsmax and Fox News for defamation. Drew Angerer / Getty Images
Dominion Voting Systems sent letters to the One America News Network threatening defamation lawsuits, accusing the network of spreading unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about the voting technology company.
OAN responded with its own letters asking Dominion to keep certain documents related to the election to help the network advance its case when it goes to court.
The inquiries echoed some of the people involved in the electoral conspiracy theories, including former President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez and billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros.
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In response to threats of defamation lawsuit, the One America News Network continues to rely on some electoral conspiracy theories presented by the network on its shows.
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Dominion Voting Systems previously sent OAN letters threatening a lawsuit, accusing the network of spreading the unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that the electoral technology company rigged votes in favor of President-elect Joe Biden in the November general election.
Dominion also asked the network to save all documents or correspondence related to Dominion, insider Jacob Shamsian previously reported.
In insider-reviewed letters, OAN asked Dominion to keep records of certain documents so that the network "can protect its own claims and defenses in the event of litigation."
The conservative news network sent similar letters to Smartmatic, another voting technology company.
Supporters of President Donald Trump have claimed, without substantial evidence, that Dominion's voting machines and Smartmatic's voting software helped bring Trump's votes to Biden. There are also unsubstantiated claims that Dominion has secret links with Smartmatic.
The material requested by the OAN remains intact as regards this claim, as well as other unsubstantiated conspiracy theories that led Dominion's threats to primarily suicide.
In the December 23 letters, the list included voting software and hardware, announcements about the 2020 elections, digital and manual voting, and the voting machines themselves.
In letters sent a day later, OAN urged companies to close all correspondence between Smartmatic's CEO Antonio Mugica and a number of people including former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla , to rescue.
The president's allies have also alleged, without evidence, that Smartmatic worked with the socialist Venezuelan government and Chavez, who died in 2013, to disrupt the US presidential election.
The list of materials to preserve includes documents on George Soros, the billionaire and philanthropist often attacked by right-wing conspiracy theorists.
In addition to OAN, Dominion has sent letters threatening defamation to Fox News and Newsmax, as well as to conservative media outlets such as Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh.
The company has also sent letters to some of Trump's allies, including lawyers Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani.
Mugica, the CEO of Smartmatic, also said the company was considering filing lawsuits against Fox News, Newsmax, and OAN to spread the unsubstantiated claims, saying they had harmed its business.
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