The US Department of Justice intervened on Tuesday in favor of the US president, Donald Trump, in a defamation lawsuit that the columnist presented against him E. Jean Carroll, who claims that the president raped her in a New York store in the 1990s.
Also, the Department of Justice wants to exercise the judicial defense of the president in substitution of his personal lawyers, which is an extraordinary move, since it would mean that the victim is facing the entire US government and not Trump on a personal level.
In a brief filed in the federal court of the southern district of New York, in Manhattan, the Department of Justice affirmed that Trump was acting in his official capacity as president when in 2019 he denied having raped Carroll because, according to what he said, she is not ” its type”.
Those disparaging words from Trump prompted Carroll’s defamation complaint, who cannot denounce the president for rape because that alleged crime has already prescribed.
In a book published last summer, Carroll claimed that, in 1995 or 1996, he raped her in a fitting room at the well-known Bergdorf Goodman store in Manhattan. She did not report him to the police for fear of retaliation, since by then Trump had already amassed a large fortune in real estate deals.
In a statement, the victim’s attorney, Roberta A. Kaplan, considered that the Justice Department’s decision is a “scandal” and he criticized that the Executive is going to spend the money of the American taxpayers in defending its president in a private matter.
“Trump’s efforts to exercise the power of the US government to evade accountability for his misconduct in private is unprecedented, and shows even more clearly how far he is willing to go to prevent the truth from coming out. light, “said the lawyer.
More than a dozen women have assured that, before reaching the White House, Trump sexually assaulted them.
In institutional terms, the Justice Department’s decision is almost unprecedented in US history, Steve Vladeck, a law professor at the University of Texas, told The New York Times.
According to Vladeck, you have to go back to 2005 to find a similar case. Then a federal court in Washington ruled that government attorneys could defend Cass Ballenger, a Republican legislator from North Carolina who had been denounced by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
There is no similar case in recent history concerning US presidents.
Since he came to the White House, Trump has put great pressure on the Justice Department, which is supposed to be independent, and has considered that this institution should be dedicated to defending him.