These days, it seems like you can refresh your computer screen every five minutes and end up with a new outrageous Trump headline every time. But, don’t let his daily tantrums distract you from his more important transgressions — like his ongoing legal battle with his rape victim E. Jean Carroll.
In the latest update, Carroll tweeted a copy of the brief her team submitted to the courts that argues against the ridiculous move by Barr to have the Department of Justice defend Trump. And it’s freaking amazing.
The brief begins,
“There is not a single person in the United States — not the President and not anyone else — whose job description includes slandering women they sexually assaulted. That should not be a controversial proposition. Remarkably, however, the Justice Department seeks to prove it wrong.”
The brief later reads,
“There is no merit to the Justice Department’s certification that Trump acted within the scope of his employment as President in defaming Carroll… Trump acted for decidedly personal reasons unrelated to furthering any interests of the United States. Moreover, it is inconceivable that Trump’s employers — a.k.a., the American people — expect his job to include viciously defaming a woman he sexually assaulted.”
Now, the case goes back to the courts to decide how it moves forward. But, with an argument like this, how can they possibly side with Trump and Barr (or “the US government”)?
You’ll recall that this whole battled ensued when, in June 2019, New York Magazine published an excerpt from Carroll’s (then upcoming) book in which she accused Trump of raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room.
No more than a day later, Trump denied the accusation and went on to essentially call Carroll a liar, discredit her completely, and then throw in the line, “she’s not my type,” for good measure.
Five months later, Carroll sued Trump for defamation of character.
Then, in September 2020, US Attorney General Bill Barr decided he wanted to help out his buddy and requested that “the United States of America” replace Trump’s name as the defendant in the case and that the Department of Justice (DOJ) take over for Trump’s personal lawyers.
Essentially, this move would get Trump off the hook with the argument that he was acting “within the scope of his job as President” when he made those comments about Carroll.
Basically, even though he hasn’t paid more than $750 in federal taxes since 2017, Trump is trying to use taxpayer dollars to fund his legal battle through the DOJ.
This is quite a ridiculous tactic on both Trump and Barr’s end but we all know what Trump is capable of getting away with. Here’s to hoping the courts do the right thing this time.
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Aside from being a writer, Ashley is a mom of two girls and a wife to a passionate public school administrator. When she does have free time (cue laughter from working moms everywhere) she loves going to hot yoga classes, watching anything on Netflix that isn’t a cartoon, and weaving her way through every aisle of Target while listening to one of her favorite podcasts.