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.