The US Department of Justice surprisingly asked to defend the former president Donald Trump against a woman who accuses him of rape in the ’90s and is now suing him for defamation, although a judge ruled in October that that was not her role.
Trump denied having raped E. Jean Carroll and called her a “liar.” “He’s not my type,” he told reporters in June 2019.
In a motion filed Monday in a New York court, the Justice Department deemed the manner in which Trump spoke of the former Elle magazine columnist was “vulgar and disrespectful.”
But he considered that the judge of first instance Lewis Kaplan it “wrongly” concluded in October that Trump’s alleged defamatory remarks did not fall within the scope of his presidential duties.
The Department of Justice, led by the attorney general Merrick GarlandHe stressed that the statements that the former president made to the press do fall within the framework of his functions. And that the president was “an employee of the federal government” and therefore can be defended by him.
E. Jean Carroll, 77, and his attorney Roberta Kaplan denounced this unexpected position, and said they hope the appeals court will reject the Justice Department’s arguments.
“As women across the country ask men to respond to their attacks, the ministry tries to prevent me from exercising that same right. I am furious! I am offended!” The writer reacted in a statement on Tuesday.
“It is truly shocking that the current Department of Justice can allow Donald Trump to lie with impunity about this, “added his lawyer.
“The department’s position is not only legally false, it is morally false, and it would give federal officials the ability to cover up their sexual misconduct by publicly brutalizing any woman who has the courage to speak up.”
E. Jean Carroll sued Trump in November 2019 in a New York state court, accusing him of defaming her for calling her claims that he raped her in a changing room of a large Manhattan clothing store in Los Angeles as a “total lie”. 90’s.
The Justice Department’s request will likely delay the case once again, when the alleged victim expected to obtain a Trump DNA sample and your testimony in court.