9 days ago - Tuesday 9/8/20 - 8:47:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to take over the defense of President Donald Trump in a defamation suit brought by advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, who claims Trump raped her two decades ago.
The move could further delay a suit in which Carroll is demanding potentially damaging evidence from Trump during the final weeks before the presidential election, including a deposition and a DNA sample to compare to a dress she claims she was wearing at the time of the alleged attack. It could also leave taxpayers on the hook for any damages awarded in the case.
9 days ago - Tuesday 9/8/20 - 8:54:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
•E. Jean Carroll accuser Trump of raping her decades ago.
•Trump denied the accusation and called Carroll a liar.
•Carroll filed a defamation suit against Trump.
•Trump’s defense was initially being handled by private attorneys who were being paid by Trump or a legal defense fund (let’s be honest, it was a fund).
•Now the DOJ is taking over Trump’s defense because they claim Trump was acting in the scope of his job as president when he accused Carroll of lying.
•The implication of Trump’s defamatory comments about a rape that occurred decades before he became president is that US tax payers will be on the hook for the legal bills and any judgement/settlement against Trump.
•There are also ethical issues about the DOJ being politicized to delay any DNA testing/deposition until after the election.
9 days ago - Tuesday 9/8/20 - 8:58:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
Here’s a statement from Carroll’s attorney: