New York City, U.S. – The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a notice of appeal Wednesday. The DOJ was intervening in columnist E. Jean Carroll’s defamation lawsuit against President Trump. A Federal court ruled against the department’s effort to replace the president as the defendant. The lawsuit claims President Trump discredited Carroll. Trump accused her of fabricating an alleged rape in a dressing room of a lingerie department store in the mid-1990s.
The DOJ claimed Trump’s denials of Carroll’s accusations occurred while performing in his official capacity as president. Substituting the DOJ for Trump would put a financial burden on the U.S. taxpayers for any potential payout. Last year, Carroll sued Trump personally for defamation following his public denial of her allegations of sexual assault. Last month, Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled on the issue in federal court. Kaplan declined the Justice Department’s attempt to substitute for the president as the defendant in the case. Kaplan ruled that the president is not an employee of the government. Kaplan clarified that the current allegations are not connected to the president’s actions in his official capacity.
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