Biden's DOJ defends Trump in rape accuser E. Jean Carroll's defamation lawsuit

Biden's DOJ defends Trump in rape accuser E. Jean Carroll's defamation lawsuit

Donald Trump can not be held personally liable for "crude and disrespectful" remarks he made about a woman who accused him of rape because he made the comments while he was president, U.S. Justice Department lawyers told an appeals court late Monday.

But for some who have worked in the DOJ, the department's position came as no surprise because they saw it as an effort to protect the institution of the presidency rather than an attempt to insulate Trump.

Ms Carroll, a columnist for Elle, alleged Mr Trump had raped her in the dressing room of a department store.

After all, the White House has changed hands since the lawsuit was first filed, and the Justice Department - which, under former Attorney General William Barr, widely seen as a staunch Trump ally, initially argued for the right to substitute itself for Trump as the defendant - is now led by Merrick Garland.

After the Justice Department first articulated its view of the scope of the president's duties previous year, Carroll's lawyer Robbie Kaplan starkly summarized: "There is not a single person in the United States - not the president and not anyone else - whose job description includes slandering women they sexually assaulted".

Mediaite founder and ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams said on Tuesday that the DOJ continuing to defend Donald Trump in a defamation case is "actually very admirable".

Driving the news: The Justice Department is appealing a federal judge's decision last October that Trump couldn't use a law protecting federal employees from lawsuits for actions conducted within their scope of office.

Former president Donald Trump believed in a conspiracy theory so ardently it may have cost him the election, a new book has claimed.

They said: "Elected public officials can - and often must - address allegations regarding personal wrongdoing that inspire doubt about their suitability for office".

Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender wrote in his forthcoming book "Frankly, We Did Win This Election": The Inside Story of How Trump Lost, the former president believed Joe Biden would secretly drop out of the race.

Carroll's attorney, Roberta Kaplan, called the Justice Department's brief "shocking" in a statement to Fox News. Kaplan said that the DOJ had waived that argument by waiting too long to make it, but even so, it was not convincing.

Consequently, if a court finds Mr Trump defamed Ms Carroll, the taxpayers would foot the bill for any payout.

In response to the allegation, Trump said at the time, "No. 1, she's not my type".

After Carroll's 2019 accusation, Trump said that he never met Carroll and accused her of fabricating the allegations to sell her book or to "carry out a political agenda".

Trump has openly failed to grasp key concepts at the core of a free and fair election in the months since Americans cast their votes on November 3, and this book may well prove just how far back his lack of understanding goes.

Because New York had a five-year statute of limitations for rape in the 1990s, Ms Carroll was unable to press charges when she made a decision to come forward in 2017.

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