Writer E. Jean Carroll, who has accused President Trump of raping her in the 1990s, is asking a judge to block Trump’s unusual request for the Justice Department to represent him in her defamation lawsuit against him, according to a Monday-night court filing.
In the Manhattan Federal Court filing, Carroll’s attorney argued the DOJ’s move to rep Trump should be blocked because “there is not a single person in the United States — not the President and not anyone else — whose job description includes slandering women they sexually assaulted.”
In a filing last month, the DOJ had argued Trump was acting “within the scope of his office” when he denied Carroll’s sexual-assault allegation, triggering her defamation suit, so the department should take over the defense.
Carroll and her lawyer said the DOJ’s request was a stall tactic and part of a “shocking” argument that he was acting in an official capacity while allegedly defaming Carroll.
Rebutting the DOJ’s legal argument for intervening on behalf of the president, Carroll’s attorneys wrote the department’s defense of the president does not fall under the Federal Tort Claims Act, which they claim does not apply to the president.
“Trump acted for decidedly personal reasons unrelated to furthering any interests of the United States. Moreover, it is inconceivable that Trump employers — aka the American people — expect his job to include viciously defaming a woman he sexually assaulted,” they wrote.
Carroll, a longtime advice columnist, accused Trump of raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room sometime around 1995.
Trump fervently denied the claim after Carroll published an account of her allegations in New York Magazine, and she has sued for defamation.