Biden administration backs Trump’s effort to dodge lawsuit over rape denial

  • Biden administration backs Trump’s effort to dodge lawsuit over rape denial

Biden administration backs Trump’s effort to dodge lawsuit over rape denial

Details: "Even reprehensible conduct. can fall within the scope of employment", attorneys for the DOJ wrote in a brief, alongside supporting arguments from Trump's personal lawyers.

Justice Department lawyers, under Barr, had objected to releasing the document on the basis of attorney-client privilege, but Jackson found that memo contained "strategic, as opposed to legal advice", created to support Barr's determination to absolve Trump.

The Biden Justice Department is forging ahead with a controversial legal effort started under President Trump to intervene on Trump's behalf in a defamation lawsuit brought against him by a writer who says Trump sexually assaulted her in the 1990s.

Carroll, 77, alleges that Trump sexually assaulted her in the changing room at the luxury Bergdorf Goodman department store on Fifth Avenue in NY in the mid-1990s. "But this case does not concern whether Mr. Trump's response was appropriate", the filing reads.

The appeal from the Justice Department argues the federal government is responsible for the statements made by a sitting president.

Carroll made her allegation against Trump in an article published by New York Magazine in June 2019.

Ms Carroll, a columnist for Elle, alleged Mr Trump had raped her in the dressing room of a department store. "There's a can of worms they're opening up", Stern told ABC News about what could happen with future administrations.

Attempts had ostensibly been made to dissuade Trump by campaign pollster Tony Fabrizio, who "devoted almost an entire page of [a campaign memo] to debunking a conspiracy theory that had bubbled up inside Trump World, including with the president, that Democrats were going to steal Biden's nomination at the convention".

Though Carroll's lawyer expressed confidence in the appeal, the Justice Department's move will further delay resolution Carroll's litigation.

"The DOJ's position is not only legally wrong, it is morally wrong since it would give federal officials free license to cover up private sexual misconduct by publicly brutalizing any woman who has the courage to come forward", she said. "We remain confident that Judge Kaplan's decision will be affirmed by the Second Circuit", she added.

"The president... had often complained that his early attack on [Elizabeth] Warren had damaged her presidential bid, which he regretted because he viewed her as an easier opponent than Biden", states the book.

Citing Westfall here means that when Trump repeatedly called Carroll a liar, suggested she was being paid to accuse him of rape, denied having ever met her, and said she wasn't his "type" as a defense against accusations of assault (thereby equating physical attraction with sexual assault), he did so in his official capacity as president-that all of those things were somehow part of his duties. It should be sold in the fiction section. That's actually a cogent description of the Trump administration's approach to many issues; one might have expected the new sheriff in town to support the judge's rebuke of the corrupt old regime.

Ms Carroll claims she managed to push him off after a "colossal struggle".