Bill Barr Blows, Part Infinity

Bill Barr Blows

The Justice Department wants to take over Prznint Stupid’s defense in E. Jean Carroll’s defamation suit against him, which would delay discovery from going forward.

Bloomberg (emphasis mine):

The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to take over the defense of President Donald Trump in a defamation suit brought by advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, who claims Trump raped her two decades ago.

The move could further delay a suit in which Carroll is demanding potentially damaging evidence from Trump during the final weeks before the presidential election, including a deposition and a DNA sample to compare to a dress she claims she was wearing at the time of the alleged attack. It could also leave taxpayers on the hook for any damages awarded in the case.

And on what legal grounds is this arrangement possible?

In a court filing Tuesday, the Justice Department said Trump was acting “within the scope” of his job as president when he said Carroll lied about the incident, prompting her lawsuit. The U.S. also moved the case to Manhattan federal court from a New York state court, where a judge last month denied his request to stall the suit.

So it is the policy of the United States of America that E. Jean Carroll is a liar? Is that the legal principle here that officially the Prznint can defame anyone?

It’s not clear why the Justice Department is only now seeking to take over Trump’s defense of the suit, which was filed in November 2019. Trump, who has denied he raped Carroll, has been represented in the case by his longtime outside lawyer Marc Kasowitz. The lawyer didn’t immediately return phone and email messages seeking comment. The Justice Department also didn’t immediately return an email.

My guess is that the 2020 Goat Rodeo campaign slush fund is running dry, and Lord Damp Nut ain’t gonna pay no fees, no way, and he’ll probably stiff his existing counsel if he holds true to type.

The WaPo:

“It also means that Justice Department lawyers will be essentially aiding Trump’s defense, and taxpayers could be on the hook for any potential damages, if the U.S. government is allowed to stand in for Trump. Winning damages against the government, though, would be more unlikely than in a suit against Trump, as the notion of ‘sovereign immunity’ gives the government and its employees broad protection from lawsuits.”

So we’re gonna end up holding the bag.

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7 Responses to Bill Barr Blows, Part Infinity

  1. MDavis says:

    From what I’ve seen on this, E. Jean will end up holding the bag. If she lost such a suit, she’d be liable for all costs, potentially including court costs and lawyers for both sides and any costs associated with delaying other cases to shove this one into the front of the line, so to speak. And if she’s going up against Bill Barr, I’m pretty sure he’d rig any court case.
    I wonder if Barr will be arguing that all the grifting, the colluding with foreign governments and the improper use of government funds and facilities and misuse of campaign funds for personal use was is all “within the scope” of his job.

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  2. Dennis Cole says:

    Where were youze guys yesterday, when I broke this story in News that will drive you to drink?

    And I offered the following analysis:

    “Corporations are people, my friends.”

    But apparently the prznit iz not. He can’t be sued, he’s the titular head of gubmint, so now you have to sue the whole danged US Gubmint. And if you lose, you pay costs. As in, ALL costs. So however many lawyers Bully Billy Low-Barr wants to put on this case, (and so far I don’t see anyone stopping them,) how can they not prevail?
    And hearings in Federal Courthouses don’t come cheap, especially not if you want a “rush-job,” which means other, less-important cases get pushed aside, and those plaintiffs and defendants, attorneys, and others “at counsel,” the stenographers, the whole shebang, are gonna want reimbursement, and it’s most likely gonna bankrupt anybody with a net worth of less than $1 beelyun Ameros, and if that’s all ya brung, ya shoulda brung more.

    And he’ll be the first since Tricky Dicky to not only claim immunity, but to to get it, and retain it, and then to use it in even more nefarious ways.

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  3. donnah says:

    Another “unprecedented” act by Bill Barr, Trump’s personal bulldog lawyer and illegally-acting attorney general. And no one stops him.

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  4. spotthedog says:

    Not a lawyer but this just seems incredibly challenge-able, like it would have to be accepted that everything he does or says is within the scope of his job; when he takes a shit that is a presidential act (?)

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  5. roket says:

    “It’s not clear why the Justice Department is only now seeking to take over Trump’s defense of the suit, which was filed in November 2019.”

    Please allow me to clear this up for you. If a New York State court judge last month denied his request to stall the suit and if E. Jean Carroll is demanding a deposition and a DNA sample from Trump then which one of those things would provide definite proof of a rape, not only in this case but in others? I’ll wait.

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  6. Dimitrios says:

    The whole Trump Administration, but never so clearly as when it is planning to break, bend or mangle a legal precept, becomes much like a paraphrasing of Weinberg’s Second Law: “If builders built buildings the way Trump plots criminal activities, the first woodpecker that came along could bring down the government.

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  7. I’m guessing the checks to Kasowitz stopped clearing.

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