White House Asked DOJ to Intervene for Trump in E. Jean Carroll’s Defamation Lawsuit
Outrage has ensued over the last-minute decision for the Department of Justice to represent the President in a defamation lawsuit brought on by journalist E. Jean Carroll.
Carroll accuses Trump of raping her in the dressing room of a NYC department store in the 1990s. Many questions have begun to swirl around the sudden change in representation. Lawyers, political leaders, and private citizens alike want to know why taxpayer money is being used to defend someone accused of sexual assault; and if this is the President’s way of flexing his power in order to end the lawsuit altogether.
It’s hard to overstate how unusual—and wrong—it is to have DOJ lawyers attempt to take over Trump’s defense against E. Jean Carroll.
DOJ isn’t Trump’s personal defense team — they’re trying to use the power of the government to bully the case into a dismissal.
— Angry Staffer (@AngrierWHStaff) September 9, 2020
Ya know who doesn’t want anyone to see their taxes?
Ya know who doesn’t want to have a fact checker present at a debate?
Ya know who doesn’t want to give samples of their DNA to prove they didn’t rape someone?
— Shari Lynn (@LynnSharig8) September 9, 2020
Attorney General Barr defended the decision to step in, stating that when Trump denied the initial claim during that press briefing, he was acting in the official capacity of the President. Since Carroll’s defamation suit came after Trump’s comments, with her claiming that his denials brought her unjust harm, the President is now using the DOJ to fight his battle. Leaders, like Rep. Adam Schiff, are also criticizing Barr, who has been accused before of using his title to help the President politically. This takeover is seen as a way to keep the headline of the lawsuit under wraps and end it as quickly as possible, so it does not further hinder re-election chances for Trump.
It is not the job of the Department of Justice to represent the president in a civil case.
Especially not one accusing Trump of sexual assault prior to holding office.
But under Barr, the DOJ no longer represents the American people, or justice.
Trump finally got his Roy Cohn. https://t.co/uDYOQjIhXg
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) September 9, 2020
With Americans paying close attention to the President’s every move amid the upcoming election, the use of taxpayer money to defend a rapist may not sit right with many citizens. If the DOJ can sweep this lawsuit under the rug, it will be another instance of Trump using his power to get himself out of sticky situations. He is also currently facing other legal issues, including various subpoenas for his income taxes. Trump is still looking for ways to prevent that information from becoming public.
No matter the outcome of the President’s legal troubles, and what will come of Carroll’s lawsuit, the American people will decide in November if they want four more years of a scandal-ridden presidency. You can visit vote.org for more information on registering to vote and making sure you are prepared for the upcoming election.