Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo) plans to take legal action against the Democrat political action committee (PAC) who claimed, allegedly without evidence, that she was an “unlicensed paid escort,” Fox News Digital reported.
An attorney representing Bobert sent a letter to he American Muckrakers PAC regarding their claims that she was an “unlicensed paid escort” who had “two abortions,” telling the group that the planed to bring “civil defamation” lawsuits against the PAC.
“Partisan organizations putting out blatantly false and disgusting accusations won’t stop me from advancing freedom and conservative values,” Boebert told Fox News Digital in a Wednesday statement. “This group’s vile conduct demonstrates why people are fed up with politics. I am not going to stand by and pretend this is normal behavior.”
“This political committee, funded by far-left Democrat donors and run by two left-wing political operatives, published pages of false statements knowing they were completely fabricated,” she continued. “The law on this type of defamation is clear and this conduct will be subject to civil and criminal penalties. Attached is a letter from my attorney introducing our response to these lies.”
Boebert’s attorney Jonathan Anderson wrote in the letter, which was obtained exclusively by Fox News Digital, that the PAC made “a series of false and defamatory statements” about her in the Tuesday release, and that while “Muckrakers has marketed itself as a ‘watchdog group,’ the truth is that Muckrakers is a political committee that exclusively opposes conservative candidates, is funded by established Democrat donor sources, and is maverick.”
“We have irrefutable evidence that each one of these statements is patently false. You knew this though,” Anderson wrote. “Muckrakers published these outlandish statements knowing they were fabricated but you likely operated under the inaccurate assumption that publishing false statements against a public figure would not create legal liability.”
“This will be a costly miscalculation for Muckrakers, Wheeler and Muckrakers’ donors,” the attorney added, noting the “heightened standard of proof” and said that what “is legally, and financially, disastrous for Muckrakers is the fact that we also have evidence, including internal Muckrakers’ text and email communications, that demonstrates Muckrakers did in fact publish statements knowing those statements to be false.”
“In addition to the civil defamation claims that will be filed, Muckrakers’ actions are criminally liable. Colorado statute expressly prohibits the circulation of ‘knowingly or recklessly’ false information meant to influence an election,” Anderson wrote. “In addition, Wheeler also sent letters to the State of Utah and State of Colorado requesting an investigation. Wheeler’s letters contain multiple knowingly false statements.”
The press release that accused Boebert of working as an “unlicensed escort” for the sugar daddy website and that she met Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) when she was hired by a “Koch family member” in Aspen, Colorado. However, the photos cited by the PAC were identified last year as a woman named Melissa Carone, according to Fox News.