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Federal Judge Blocks DOJ From Defending Trump in E. Jean Carroll Defamation Case

A federal judge rejected an effort by the Department of Justice to have the U.S. government replace President Donald Trump in a lawsuit in which he’s accused of defaming writer E. Jean Carroll after she alleged that he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s. Judge Lewis Kaplan, an appointee of former President Bill Clinton, said Trump has to remain a defendant in the suit. The Justice Department asserted that the president was acting as a government official when he said Carroll was lying and was motivated by money. Carroll, who wrote for Elle magazine, made the accusation against Trump in her book, “What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal,” which was released in July 2019. Trump said Carroll made the claim to boost book sales. “It’s just a terrible thing that people can make statements like that,” he said in 2019. The DOJ further argued that Trump was acting in official …