Why is the DOJ intervening in E. Jean Carroll's suit against Trump? A former US attorney explains. - 2020-09-09
Yesterday, in what the New York Times dubbed a "highly unusual legal move," the Department of Justice moved to take over the defense of President Donald Trump in the defamation lawsuit filed against him by E. Jean Carroll, a writer and advice columnist, who alleges Trump raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the mid-1990s.
Carroll sued Trump for defamation in New York state court last November, months after New York Magazine first published a story containing her allegations. Her lawsuit claims that the president defamed her when, in the hours and days after the story was published that June, Trump denied it at least three times, saying that her story was fabricated, that he had never met Carroll (despite a 1987 photograph showing them together at a party), and that he would not have assaulted Carroll because she was "not [his] type." "The rape of a woman is a violent crime; compounding that crime with acts of malicious libel is abhorrent," her lawsuit states.
"The legal question is whether his remarks occurred within the scope of his employment as president of the United States. I think there will be some legal analysis, and perhaps disagreement, about that view."