Because Trump responded to and denied E. Jean Carroll’s accusations while serving as president, Barr said, the federal government was allowed to enter.
The attorney general also said that politics is to blame for the Department of Justice’s reaction to paying for Trump’s defense and possibly killing the lawsuit.
“This is a normal application of the law. The law is clear. It is done often. And the little storm that is happening is largely due to the strange political environment in which we live,” Barr told a news conference. Chicago.
“Officials elected and answering press questions while they are in office, even if those questions are related to their personal activity, and may take on their personal fitness, are in fact in the course of the federal work, and therefore can be certified under the Westfall Act, “Barr said.
Carroll, a veteran columnist for Elle Magazine, said Trump falsely called him a liar after he accused him of sexual assault.
“President Trump knew I was telling the truth when I said he had sexually assaulted me in a dressing room in Bergdorf Goodman. He also knew he was lying when he said he had never met me before and I was not his type, ‘” he said. by Carroll in a statement Tuesday.
CNN legal analyst and law professor at the University of Texas Steve Vladeck said Barr’s comments were misleading when it came to the President.
“Yes, the DOJ often seeks to seize claims against federal employees,” Vladeck said. “But there is no ‘frequent’ history of doing so when the accused is the President – or of waiting as long as the DOJ does here to enforce the law.”
The lawsuit was filed in November, and a judge in New York last month ruled that a lawsuit could be filed against Trump. Carroll also demanded that Trump be asked to provide a DNA sample to compare with the male genetic material found in Donna Karan’s black dress that Carroll said he wore in an alleged encounter at Bergdorf’s.
A person familiar with Trump’s legal team said the Department’s move to step in the case would open the door for further legal arguments against Trump’s claims, including arguing that the federal government does not. may be charged with defamation.