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Taxpayers Still Funding Trump's Court Battle Against Rape Accuser

Added 04-18-21 08:54:02am EST - “Journalist E. Jean Carroll's attorneys argue that's both "wrong and dangerous."” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Taxpayers Still Funding Trump's Court Battle Against Rape Accuser”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Taxpayers are continuing to fund Donald Trump’s court fight against a woman who accused him of rape — and her attorneys are arguing that the Justice Department’s involvement is both “wrong and dangerous.”

Author and journalist E. Jean Carroll accused Trump in a 2019 book of allegedly raping her years earlier in a dressing room in a Manhattan department store. Trump slammed her as a liar, adding: “She’s not my type.“ Carroll sued him for defamation.

In a highly controversial move, the DOJ stepped in to defend Trump against the defamation suit, claiming his denunciation of Carroll was part of his official duties. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, however, blocked the move, ruling last year that Trump’s insults had absolutely “no relationship to the official business of the United States.”

Carroll’s attorneys had argued at the time that “only in a world gone mad could it somehow be presidential, not personal, for Trump to slander a woman who he sexually assaulted.”

Federal attorneys challenged the decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the DOJ was again blasted in a brief filed with that court Friday on Carroll’s behalf.

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