DOJ: Trump’s denial of rape accusation was an official act

E. Jean Carroll (@ejeancarroll) | Twitter

Department of Justice lawyers argued on Monday that President Trump should not be personally sued for denying an allegation that he raped writer E. Jean Carroll in the 1990s, because he refuted the claim to defend “his fitness for office as part of an official White House response to press inquiries.”

In 2019, Carroll accused Trump of raping her in a department store decades ago. Trump responded by accusing Carroll of lying to sell her new book. Carroll then filed a defamation suit against him.

Last month, Attorney General William Barr intervened in the lawsuit, and government lawyers argued on Monday that Trump didn’t slander Carroll and that he was acting in his official capacity when he denied her allegations.

%d bloggers like this: