Lawyers: DOJ defense in Trump defamation suit is 'dangerous'
April 19, 2021
The U.S. Justice Department made a "wrong and dangerous" argument in seeking to defend former President Donald Trump against a former advice columnist's claim that he defamed her when he denied her allegation of rape, her lawyers have told a court.
During Trump's presidency, the Justice Department sought to make the United States, not him personally, the defendant in E. Jean Carroll's lawsuit - a move that would put U.S. taxpayers on the hook if she got a payout in the case.
The Justice Department has argued that the statements he made about Carroll, including that she was "totally lying" to sell a memoir and that "she's not my type," fell within the scope of his job as president. The federal lawyers said he had to respond to her claims because they essentially questioned his fitness to hold public office.