Former Rep. Scott Taylor is considering a defamation lawsuit against the Democratic Party of Virginia for “slandering, smearing, and lying” about his role in an alleged election fraud scheme during his failed 2018 re-election bid.
The one-term Virginia Republican claimed “complete vindication” after Virginia special prosecutor Don Caldwell, who is investigating election fraud claims against members of Taylor’s former campaign staff, released an update Monday saying he indicted one former Taylor staffer for election fraud but found no evidence — so far — that Taylor directed any illegal activity. Other indictments could still be forthcoming, Caldwell indicated.
“Today serves as a complete repudiation of the smears and lies leveled against me in the campaign last year,” Taylor said in a statement, adding that it is “entirely appropriate” for the state to hold accountable anyone on his staff who did anything illegal.
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— Scott Taylor (@Scotttaylorva) May 6, 2019
After Democrats later said he had thrown his staff “under the bus,” Taylor suggested he might go on the attack against Democrats who claimed he was under investigation “when they knew this was never the case” and created “ads containing numerous demonstrably false statements.”
Read more at Roll Call.