Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee blamed the Biden administration’s Justice Department for making a “wrong” decision to represent former President Donald Trump in a defamation lawsuit filed by the House of Representatives. Woman who claims Trump sexually assaulted her in 1990
“That decision seems profoundly misunderstood,” Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee wrote in a letter Tuesday to Attorney General Merrick Garland. “We are writing to ask you to reconsider.”
Attorneys for the Department of Justice have continued to try to defend Trump in a lawsuit filed by columnist E. Jean Carroll, although Biden said that as a candidate. It is inappropriate for the Justice Department to attempt to interfere in a private legal battle over Trump̵7;s personal conduct.
BIDEN’s Justice Department DEFENDS TRUMP IN E. JEAN CARROLL defamation case
The Ministry of Justice filed a complaint. short On Monday after the Federal Court rule In October, the department was unable to replace Trump as a defendant. DOJ attorneys argued that Trump could not be held accountable for remarks. He was “rude and disrespectful” he did about Carroll because he said it while he was president.
Carroll claimed that in 2019, Trump sexually harassed her in the mid-1990s at the upscale Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan. Trump responded with a vehement denial. by accusing Carroll “Completely lied” about the incident. And said he couldn’t have any sexual behavior with her because “she’s not my type.” Carroll filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump.
Former Attorney General William Barr tried to intervene in a civil case when Trump became president, drawing criticism from Democrats and candidate Biden.
BARR DEFENDS DOJ INTERVENTION IN E. JEAN CARROLL CASE AGAINST TRUMP: ‘LAW IS CLEAR’
The House of Representatives, headed by the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Gerrold. New York’s Nadler said the Justice Department should not use tax money to defend Trump. Democrats have expressed concern about the Justice Department setting new policy standards on personal conduct protections.
“President Trump’s disgusting comments about Mrs Carroll have nothing to carry out his official responsibilities as president and the whole world knows it,” the Democrats wrote. “Rape survivor Deserves better among the other victims.”
Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, called Trump’s brief remark “shocking” in a Fox News statement earlier this week.
“It is horrifying that Donald Trump raped E. Jean Carroll in a New York City department store years ago,” Kaplan said in a statement. “But it is really shocking that the current Department of Justice will allow Donald Trump avoids lying This wastes our clients time in court. The DOJ’s position is not only illegal. but also immoral because it will Give federal officials a free license to cover up personal, atrocious acts of sexual misconduct against any woman who has the courage to come out.”
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The White House distanced itself from the Justice Department decision. This is consistent with Biden’s stance that it will not influence the Attorney General’s movements.
“This is in the litigation. And we send you to the Department of Justice about filing a lawsuit,” White House spokesman Andrew Bates told Fox News this week. “The White House has not consulted the DOJ about its decision to file a summary. this or the content And while we will not comment on this ongoing litigation. The American people knew that President Biden and his team had a completely different standard from theirs. predecessors for what qualifies as an acceptable message.”
Evie Fordham, David Spunt and The Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.