In a new lawsuit, electronic voting software company Dominion Voting Systems claims that the far-right, pro-Trump One America News (OAN) presented a Long Island swing-set installer as an "expert mathematician" who claimed to uncover evidence that Dominion manipulated voter totals during the 2020 election to benefit President Joe Biden.
The man, Edward Solomon, was interviewed on January 27 in a segment about the election. At the time, Solomon claimed to have uncovered evidence showing that the results in Fulton County, Georgia, "can only have been done by an algorithm."
Solomon added that the probability of Biden winning the county was "1 over 10 to an exponent so large there's not enough stars in the universe, there aren't enough atoms in the universe, to explain the number."
An audit of Georgia ballots found that the results were correct, and an analysis conducted by Factcheck.org found that Solomon's numbers did not match with the numbers provided by the office of Brad Raffensperger, Georgia's Secretary of State.
When contacted by Factcheck.org, a spokesperson for Stonybrook University, from which Solomon had claimed to have graduated, said that Solomon had taken several math classes over seven years at the school but had never actually obtained a degree. Solomon also appears to have an arrest record, according to one report about a 2016 arrest on drug charges.
Dominion did not hold back in its lawsuit, taking OAN to task for its outright lying.
"And when OAN ran out of actual (though wholly unreliable) sources to help it spread lies about Dominion, it manufactured a new source—a convicted felon with no college degree whom OAN put forward as an "expert mathematician"—for a January 2021 segment to demonstrate that Dominion machines flipped votes in Georgia..."
OAN also knew Solomon's claims were bogus because Solomon was the farthest thing imaginable from an "expert mathematician"—he was in fact a convicted felon with no college degree.
Although representatives for OAN did not respond to requests for comment, the company––and Solomon––were quickly raked over the coals on social media.
The revelations about Solomon and OAN's reporting are featured in the complete lawsuit Dominion Voting Systems filed on Tuesday.
Dominion sued Newsmax Media Inc. and Herring Networks Inc.'s One America News, arguing that they defamed Dominion by launching accusations that the voting machine company rigged the 2020 election in favor of President Joe Biden. Dominion also sued Patrick Byrne, who previously served as the chief executive for Overstock.com. Dominion is seeking $1.6 billion in damages. It cited lost profits and other costs.
The lawsuits are the latest Dominion has filed in relation to the 2020 election. Dominion has already filed lawsuits against Fox News, Rudy Giuliani, MyPillow Inc. chief executive Mike Lindell and his company, and Sidney Powell, a pro-Trump attorney.