The US Department of Justice continues to defend former President Donald Trump against the defamation lawsuit against a woman who accused him of rape in the 1990s.
The DOJ’s defense of Trump against writer Jean an Carroll, who blamed him More than 20 years ago, the fact that he was slandered in public denial, which he raped in a department store dressing room, was strongly criticized, including the then presidential candidate Biden.
“Can you remember any Republican president going out there, or a former Democratic president saying, ‘Go find that boy and pursue him?’ Have you ever heard of it? Or. “By the way, I am being sued because a woman accuses me of rape. Introduce me. “Introduce me,” Biden said at the time.
“What is all this about?” What is it about? ”
But in a brief statement to the Federal Court of Appeals late Monday evening, the Biden administration’s minister demanded the same legal stance as outlined by the Trump administration under Trump.
The DOJ has said it does not endorse Trump’s treatment of Carol, although it has argued that the law regulating lawsuits against federal officials justifies the government’s move to defend the former president.
“The Department of Justice does not endorse any alleged torture or ill-treatment in the United States. The review court also does not rule on such a decision to uphold the certification of the department, “said Brian Boyton, acting acting head of the DOJ Civil Division.
Boynton has also been committed to the Trump administration’s DOJ position since last September. That Trump was acting as president when he denied allegations of Carol’s rape.
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“Talking to the public and the press about issues of public concern is undoubtedly part of the job of an elected official,” Boynton added. “The courts, therefore, have repeatedly asserted that defamatory statements made in that context are the work of elected officials, including when the statements were made as a result of press inquiries about the official’s private life.”
The new briefing notes the stance taken by then-Attorney General William Barry in support of Trump, which has been criticized for using government lawyers to fight Carol’s defamation suit on behalf of Trump.
“When White House media outlets asked then-President Trump to respond to Ms. Carol’s serious allegations of lawlessness, they were asked questions about her as president,” the DOJ wrote in a response on Monday. “Elected government officials may, and often should, be prosecuted for personal crimes that cast doubt on their suitability for office.”
In a statement to Politico, Carroll, a columnist for Elle Magazine, condemned the DOJ’s decision.
“As women across the country stand up and hold men accountable for the attack, the DOJ is trying to prevent me from doing the same. “I’m angry. I’m offended.” In the statement, he said.
His lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, said he was concerned about the Biden administration’s decision to back Trump in the case.
“It is appalling that Donald Trump raped Jean an Caroline in a New York department store many years ago,” Kaplan told the news site.
New, still a lot to do. Under Biden, the DOJ continued the previous administrator’s efforts to capture E. An attempt to defend Trump against the defamation lawsuit filed by Car an Carroll, which Biden criticized during the campaign.
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“But it is really shocking that the current Department of Justice will allow Donald Trump to avoid lying about it, thereby depriving our client of his day in court. “The DOJ’s position is not only legally wrong, it is morally wrong, as it would give federal officials a free license to conceal personal sexual misconduct by publicly abusing any woman who dares to act.”
He had a district judge previously denied In October, the DOJ attempted to replace Trump as a defendant in the case, claiming that Trump was a federal employee and that a defamation case had been filed against the United States.
The move is likely to disrupt the lawsuit, as the federal government can not sue for defamation.