The Biden Justice Department has decided to drop President Donald Trump’s claim to sovereign immunity in the lawsuit filed against him by E. Jean Carroll because he denied her claim that he raped her. Trump made his comment denying a claim she leveled in her book “What Do We Need Men For?,” asserting that he raped her in a dressing room of Manhattan’s upscale Bergdorf Goodman department store.
She claimed that Donald Trump had asked her to try on lingerie that he was considering buying as a gift.
“It’s a total false accusation,” Trump said at the 2019 press conference in question. “I don’t know anything about her. She’s made this charge against others, and you know, people have to be careful, because they are playing with very dangerous territory.
He added: “It’s a totally false accusation. I have absolutely no idea who she is. There’s some picture where we’re shaking hands. It looks like at some kind of event. I have my coat on. I have my wife standing next to me.”
Carroll claimed repeatedly she did not file a complaint against Trump when the alleged incident took place in the mid-1990s because she did not want to be dragged through the mud. She sued him for denying her claim.
Justice Department: Donald Trump Wasn’t Acting As President When He Denied Rape Claim
The Trump Justice Department claimed that Trump made his comments from the podium at the White House as president of the United States.
The Biden Justice Department stated in a letter from Principal Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton to Trump and Carroll’s attorneys that Trump could not have been acting in his capacity as president when he made the denial because he subsequently made similar claims after leaving office.
“The later statements are substantially similar to the three June 2019 statements at issue in this action, and because he was no longer the President when he made the later statements, Mr. Trump could not have been motivated by any interest in serving the United States Government. These post-Presidency statements, which were not before the Department during the original scope certification in this case, tend to undermine the claim that the former President made very similar statements at issue in Carroll I out of a desire to serve the government,” the Justice Department letter said.
The letter continued: “And a jury has now found that Mr. Trump sexually assaulted Ms. Carroll long before he became President. That history supports an inference that Mr. Trump was motivated by a ‘personal grievance’ stemming from events that occurred many years prior to Mr. Trump’s presidency.”
Donald Trump repeated his claim during the May CNN Town Hall, which led Carroll to consider filing a third suit.
The jury found Trump liable for sexually abusing Carroll in a second lawsuit filed over comments Trump made last fall on TruthSocial repeated his denial. The jury, however, did not find Trump liable for raping Carroll.
Trump Slams Biden Justice Department Decision
“The DOJ will not defend me in the E. Jean Carroll civil case, which is all part of the political Witch Hunt, lawyered up by a political operative who I just beat in another case, financed by a big political funder, and ‘judged’ by a Clinton appointee who truly hates ‘TRUMP.’ The statements that I made about Carroll are all true. I didn’t Rape her (I won that at trial) and other than for this case, I have NO IDEA WHO SHE IS, WHAT SHE LOOKS LIKE, OR ANYTHING ABOUT HER….,” Trump wrote in a TruthSocial post, noting he would appeal the first Carroll verdict.
This is not the first time the Biden administration has denied Trump or his aides protection offered by the U.S. government from legal proceedings connected with his presidency. Last year, President Joe Biden decided to waive executive privilege in connection with the Select Committee on January 6th’s request for testimony from key Trump officials.
This decision sets the precedent for lawfare against future presidents that further undermines the decorum of the institution of the presidency.
John Rossomando is a defense and counterterrorism analyst and served as Senior Analyst for Counterterrorism at The Investigative Project on Terrorism for eight years. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, The National Interest, National Review Online, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award for his reporting.