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Ex-SL Co GOP officials file lawsuits against dozens of Utah political leaders

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Posted at 1:12 PM, Jan 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-29 16:13:01-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Two former Salt Lake County Republican party officials have filed a combined $100 million defamation lawsuit against the governor, Senate President and House Speaker, dozens of lawmakers, political operatives, and some Utah media outlets.

Former Salt Lake County Republican Party Chair Scott Miller and former communications director Dave Robinson filed a pair of lawsuits, accusing some of the state's top political leaders of a campaign to defame them in statements about allegations of harassment and misconduct against a number of women in the GOP.

The accusations came to light when Miller sent an email to county party delegates last year detailing a pending report in The Salt Lake Tribune that alleged a number of female candidates and elected officials had reported harassment and bullying behavior involving the county party leadership. It prompted heavy condemnation on social media and in news reports from prominent Utah Republicans.

The uproar over the accusations ultimately led to Miller and Robinson's ouster from the Salt Lake County Republican Party. Miller and Robinson denied the allegations (Miller recanted an apology) and now accuse the political leaders of a conspiracy against them.

"The listed Defendants’ organized and executed a plan with each other with the intent of forcing Mr. Miller to resign from his position as the Chairman of the Salt Lake County GOP and prevent him from running for the State GOP position," their attorney, Robert Spjute, wrote in Miller's lawsuit. "As part of the plan, the listed Defendants had a meeting of the minds to spread this false statement the Mr. Miller had been concealing sexual harassment complaints from women in the Salt Lake County GOP for years and protecting Mr. Robinson from these allegations."

Miller is seeking at least $40 million in damages, Robinson is seeking $60 million, according to the lawsuits.

Governor Spencer Cox's office had no comment on the lawsuit, citing the pending litigation. The Utah House of Representatives and Utah State Senate also declined to comment on behalf of their members when contacted by FOX 13 on Saturday.

Read Scott Miller's lawsuit here:

Read Dave Robinson's lawsuit here:

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