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.
“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.