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Trump May Avoid Defamation Suit by Rape Accuser

  • Appeals court rules Trump qualified as government employee
  • Panel sends final deciding question to highest local DC court
Donald Trump 

Donald Trump 

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Former President Donald Trump qualified as a government employee when he was in office, a federal appeals court ruled, putting at risk a defamation suit filed against him by New York columnist E. Jean Carroll.

The finding Tuesday by a panel of the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals means Trump is covered by a federal statute that protects government employees from lawsuits over actions that relate to their official duties. The case is still far from over.