Lawsuit against E. Jean Carroll: Judge to hear DOJ request to represent Trump in rape libel suit

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In a bid to replace Trump as a defendant in a lawsuit brought by former columnist E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of raping her in a locker room at a Manhattan luxury department store in the years 1990, the Justice Department should tell a federal judge that Trump’s response to Carroll’s claims was an effort to preserve his ability to serve as president.If the Department of Justice were allowed to intervene, it would likely torpedo Carroll’s lawsuit, since the federal government cannot be sued for libel.

In a file filed in court earlier this week, attorneys for the department wrote with reference to Carroll’s rape complaint, which appeared in a 2019 book she had written, that “even false allegations that the president allegedly committed such a crime could obviously have an impact on the president’s ability to govern effectively. . ”

Following Carroll’s accusations, Trump denied raping her, telling reporters, “She’s not my type.” He also alleged that Carroll lied about the rape to increase his book sales.

Carroll filed his case in New York state court, and after Trump challenged it, a lower court judge ruled in August that the trial could continue, paving the way for Carroll’s lawyers to move forward in their efforts to obtain a DNA sample from Trump and take his testimony under oath.

Shortly after, the Justice Department filed a request to replace Trump as a defendant.

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