Federal judge rebuffs Justice Department's bid to aid Trump in defamation case - 2020-10-27

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F0.png Federal judge rebuffs Justice Department's bid to aid Trump in defamation case October 27, 2020, Josh Gerstein, Politico

Allowing the government to assume the role of defendant in the suit likely would have doomed Carroll's case, since the law does not allow libel claims against federal officials acting in their official capacity.

"In that event, Ms. Carroll would be left with no remedy, even if the president's statements were false and defamatory," Kaplan wrote.

Justice Department lawyers pointed to a series of other cases where questions of a personal nature raised with federal officials or statements they made were deemed related to their work, but Kaplan said those cases were wrongly decided or not comparable.

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