Does that sound right to you?
Here is the argument.
E Jean Carroll claims that 25 years ago, Donald Trump raped her in a New York luxury department store dressing room. She still has the dress that she wore that day, and it allegedly has DNA material that could match that of Donald Trump.
Last year, Donald Trump denied that he raped Ms Carroll, and said that she was “totally lying” in order to sell a memoir. Ms Carroll filed suit for defamation. And here comes the weird part
After New York state courts turned down Trump’s request to delay E Jean Carroll’s suit, justice department lawyers filed court papers on Tuesday aiming to shift the case into federal court and to substitute the US for Trump as the defendant. That means the federal government, rather than Trump himself, might have to pay damages if any are awarded.
On what basis?
The Justice Department claims that Trump was acting within the scope of his duties as president when he made the comments. Therefore, the government should defend him.
Perhaps it is a coincidence that the DOJ made the filing just when Donald Trump would be required to hand over a DNA sample — after he had tried and failed to delay the defamation suit. Jut thinkin’. here.
Now a federal court will decide whether to take jurisdiction of the case based on the assertion that it is a claim against the US government.
Your tax dollars at work in the Trump era.
A quick follow up: And what if the DNA on Ms Carroll’s dress matches that of the Donald? We already know of Trump’s infidelities. And we know of his obscene remarks about women in general. That came out back in 2016. Perhaps we now need to take a step further to acknowledge that the candidate for the presidency of the Republican Party may be a rapist. A rapist who shamed his victim and is trying to avoid accountability … using the Department of justice and our tax dollars.
You be the judge.
BTW, it has crossed my mind that if a novelist tried to peddle this stuff as fiction, it would be criticized as too unbelievable. And yet, I am disposed to consider a wager – which will be made public first, the Donald’s tax returns (sought by the New York DA) or his DNA, (sought by Ms Carroll)?
And what if Trump somehow wins the election, and it comes out that he has committed tax fraud and bank fraud and rape? That is an alarming prospect indeed. Too unbelievable to put in a novel. And yet, here we are.
A quick follow up from NYT – “William Barr, the attorney general, said yesterday that the White House had specifically requested that his Justice Department take over a defamation lawsuit against Trump, as it announced this week that it had. Barr painted the move as routine but did not explain why his office had waited more than 10 months to step into the case.”
… the move could also put a swift end to the lawsuit: Under the rules of sovereign immunity, the government cannot be sued for defamation.