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Trump Rape Accuser Asks Court to Keep Defamation Suit Alive

  • E. Jean Carroll pressing to depose Trump, seeks his DNA sample
  • Trump had told reporters that Carroll wasn’t his ‘type’
E. Jean Carroll
E. Jean CarrollPhotographer: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images

A former New York advice columnist who says Donald Trump defamed her when he denied raping her two decades ago urged a federal appeals court to reject the former president’s claim that he’s protected from her lawsuit because he was a government employee when it was filed.

E. Jean Carroll asked the U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan to affirm a trial judge’s finding that the suit isn’t blocked by a federal law that protects government workers from lawsuits related to their jobs. The U.S. Justice Department under Trump backed his argument before he lost re-election, and the Biden administration hasn’t weighed in.