An appeals court in Washington has been asked to help decide whether Donald Trump was doing his job as president when he denied raping a woman and said she “didn’t like him.” “
columnist E. Jean Carroll sued Trump in 2019, alleging that he raped her in a dressing room at Manhattan’s Bergdorf Goodman department store in the mid-1990s, then lied about it and when she told the story. Decided to break, then condemned him.
Since then, the case has been mired in technical controversy over whether Trump should defend himself as a private citizen or whether the federal government should stand as a defendant as Trump is performing his duties as president at the time. when he expressed his denial.
Since the alleged assault happened long ago, Carol could not sue him for sexual assault, so she sued him for defamation. The trial then deals with the derogatory comments Trump made about the rape allegation.
A three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York has ruled by a majority vote to ask the Washington Court of Appeals to decide whether Trump’s public statements dismissing Carroll’s allegations were against the terms of his employment. come inside.
In such a case, Trump would be exempt from trial, the judges ruled. But as a federal employee, the US government will have to answer for any defamatory statements made by Trump.
The Second Circuit stated that the decisions of other courts have been inconsistent as to which Washington court would be best suited to answer the question.
Trump’s lawyer Alina Habba conceded that the ruling was a total victory for her client and that “it will protect future presidents to rule without hindrance.”
Judge Denny Chin considered that it was an error to consider that Trump was a government employee under the so-called Westfall Act. That law was intended to protect lower-level government employees, not the president.