The Biden administration’s Justice Department filed court documents on Monday trying to defend former President Donald Trump in a defamation case.
President Joe Biden criticized Trump for following last year’s campaign. The base uses this department as in many cases his own “private law firm” including the case of E. Jean Carroll, who accused Trump of sexually harassing her in the mid-1990s.
In September, the Trump Justice Department submitted documents seeking to represent Trump against Carroll’s claims in federal court.
Trump denies Carroll’s allegations of sexual harassment at the mall, saying “she’s not my type” and “never happened.”
Carroll, a columnist for Elle magazine that included the allegations in the 2019 book, filed a 2019 defamation lawsuit in October. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan has denied the Trump administration’s attempt to have the Justice Department represent him.
The Ministry of Justice had a brief argument. On Monday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City said it should represent Trump. Because almost everything he says and does as president is a matter of government action.
“Speaking to the public and the media about issues of public concern is undoubtedly part of the job of elected officials,” the summary said. Allegations of defamation in that context are within the scope of the employment of elected officials. This includes when the statement was prompted by inquiries about the officer’s personal life.”
Attorneys for the Justice Department wrote that Trump It was “rude and disrespectful” to question Carroll’s credibility. and comments that attacked her appearance. offended by her motives and implied that she had made a false accusation. “Without question it was unnecessary and inappropriate,” but they said they were “all related to denying wrongdoing”.
Carroll responded in a statement: “As women across the country stand up and catch men responsible for the assault – DOJ is trying to stop me from having the same rights. I’m angry! I’m offended! Me and my attorneys Robbie Kaplan and Joshua Matz are confident Judge Kaplan’s decision will be confirmed by the second round.”
Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, said in a statement: “The DOJ’s position is not only unlawful. But it is also morally wrong, as it grants federal officials a free license to cover up private sexual misconduct by abusing any woman who has the courage to come forward. Calling a woman you have sexually harassed a ‘liar’, ‘slut’ or ‘not my type,’ as Donald Trump does here, is not an official American president.”
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