Heidi Stirrup, White House Coordinator with the Justice Department (DoJ), sought derogatory information late last year from senior Justice Department officials about a woman claiming she was raped by Donald Trump, according to the report. The person to whom the stirrup requests direct information.
The revelation raised expectations that the US president’s allies were putting direct pressure on the Justice Department to try to dig into information that could damage a woman who accused Trump of sexually assaulting her.
E Jean Carroll, a journalist and advice columnist, sued Trump in November 2019, claiming he had defamed her when he denied her being raped by him. Carroll accused Trump of sexually assaulting her in a dressing room in Manhattan’s high-end, Bergdorf Goodman in late 1995 or early 1996.
At the time, Trump responded to her allegations, claiming that Carroll was “totally lying” and trying to ridicule her, saying “You’re not my type.” Those and similar comments made Carroll. Suing him
Stirrup apparently believes the Justice Department has information that may help the president’s legal defense in the suit. Attorneys at Stirrup seeking information about Carroll said Stirrup approached them shortly after a judge ruled that Justice could not step in to protect Trump’s defense.
Stirrup asked if the department had disclosed derogatory information about Carroll they might share with her or the president’s personal advisers. Stirrups also suggested that she could act as a conduit between the department and the person closest to the president or his private legal team.
Stirrup also asked officials if the Justice Department had information on whether Carroll or anyone on her legal team had connections to Democrats or activists, which could lead to her accusation of the president. Improperly
Earlier, Trump himself, without citing any evidence, suggested that his political opponents were behind the allegations: “ If anyone has information that Democrats are working with Ms Carroll or New York Magazine [to whom Carroll first told her story]Please let us know as soon as possible, ”Trump said.
The stirrup officer asked for information to warn Stirrup, telling her her request was inappropriate.
The official said it was “conveyed to her in the clearest light possible” that it was initially wrong to search for the information and ordered her not to do so in the future.
Knowing that Stirrup has sought non-public information from other justice authorities regarding other ongoing investigations, including election fraud and non-public information about the matter of interest. The White House’s Stirrup said she was displeased. At the justice department and prohibits leaving the building
On Dec. 3, the Associated Press, citing three sources, reported the stirrup ban. “After trying to pressure officials to provide sensitive information about electoral fraud and other matters she could convey to the White House,” however, it had not previously been reported as to one of the issues leading to the stirrup’s ban. Is that she is looking for information about the Carroll case
It’s unclear whether Stirrups are doing her own job or in the direction of the White House when it comes to the Carroll case.
But many view it as unlikely Stirrups are asking her independently. Stirrups acted as liaison with the Justice Department at the time the White House was removing liaison with almost every major federal agency they believed could be dishonest – while notifying transitions they would not report. To the agency they have been assigned But go straight to the White House
A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment, saying they had not been successful in disclosing further information.
The outcome of the Carroll defamation case could have big political and legal consequences for Trump.
Steve Vladeck, a law professor at the University of Texas, said that if the case goes to trial, Trump must “provide evidence and testify about the allegation of rape,” and he may run the risk of perjury.
Failure to actually testify during a civil case can have serious consequences for the president or other prominent political figures when former President Bill Clinton was indicted for sexual harassment and later admitting to testifying that he made Misunderstood in that case, he was acquitted by the House of Representatives by the US Senate after trial and voluntarily surrendered a five-year legal practice license.
Judge Lewis Kaplan of the Southern District of New York, who considered the Justice Department’s efforts to take over Trump’s legal counsel, said in an Oct. 26 ruling that any findings that Trump would have had. Defamation Carroll could be a tacit discovery by a jury that Trump raped Carroll, of course.
The question of whether Trump actually raped Miss Carroll was at the heart of her lawsuit. That is because the truth or falsehood of a defendant’s alleged defamation can be used in the case of defamation, ”Kaplan said.
In early September, the Justice Department, which was run by Attorney General at the time, William Barr, attempted to turn Trump’s personal legal adviser to the department’s attorney to protect him from Carroll’s case. Justice officials confirmed that while accusing Carroll of lying and continuing to attack her. But Trump has served as president of the United States.
Kaplan ruled that the Justice Department could not come to protect Trump, concluding that Trump’s alleged defamation of Carroll had nothing to do with his official duties as president or “government actions.” “Or” within the scope of employment
The Justice Department pledged to appeal Kaplan’s ruling, but it is unlikely Joe Biden’s Justice Department will move forward with such appeal.
Justice officials and outside legal observers say the position of the department where the president was performing official duties at the time of alleged defamation of his alleged rape victim – about 20 years earlier, was not a position. Should be superior to most judges
Last week, while announcing that he was nominating federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland as his new attorney general, the elected president said he would end Trump’s practice of “acting in the wrong way”. To the attorney general as a personal attorney and his department as his private company ”.