A New York judge has dismissed President Donald Trump’s attempt to delay an indictment against him by a woman who accused him of rape.
The decision, released on Thursday, states that the presidency does not protect him from the case.
Author E Jean Carroll is suing Trump for denying her allegations that he raped her in a New York department store in the mid-1990s and calling her a liar.
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Trump’s legal team claims that an appeals court decision for a similar trial would determine whether state courts have jurisdiction over the president while he is in office.
That suit was submitted by Summer Zervos, a contestant The Apprentice who claims that Trump sexually assaulted her in 2007. The president denies the accusation.
The Verna Saunders Supreme Court in New York ruled that the case could go ahead and not have to wait for a decision in Ms. Zervo̵
This court allowed Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. to bring the president’s tax records before a Grand Jury inquiry.
Trump’s legal team can appeal the decision. They have not yet responded to a request for comment.
Roberta Kaplan, partner at Kaplan Hecker & Fink, and lawyer for E Jean Carroll, said in a statement: “We are very pleased that Judge Saunders, who acknowledges the clear possession of the Supreme Court in Vance, has rejected President Trump’s claim of absolute immunity. and has denied its proposal to stop the fall of E Jean Carroll. “
She continues: “We are now eager to move forward with the discovery so that we can prove that Donald Trump slandered E Jean Carroll when he lied about her in connection with her brave decision to tell the truth about the fact that Donald Trump had sexually attacked her.” .
Carroll is looking for a sample of Trump’s DNA as potential evidence to determine if his genetic material is on the dress she wore during the meeting.
The former advisory columnist for She the newspaper celebrated the decision and tweeted: “We are moving forward !!”
Judge Verna L. Saunders has denied Trump’s claim of absolute immunity! My lawyers @kaplanrobbie, @ JoshuaMatz8 & Matthew Craig are struggling a bit to start discovering! “
Carroll’s allegations against the president were first made public in June 2019 while she was publishing her book What do we men need for? A modest proposal. In the book, she describes the alleged attack on Trump in a locker room at Bergdorf Goodman in late 1995 or early 1996.
In November 2019, Carroll filed a lawsuit for prosecution against him, claiming that he slandered her and damaged her career as a consulting columnist.
Trump said Carroll was “completely lying” about selling more copies of her book and that they had never met. A photo taken in 1987 shows them together, but the president says they only stood in line at an event.
In the suit, Carroll seeks damages and a revocation of Trump’s statements about her.
An earlier attempt to dismiss the case claimed that the president could not be sued in New York because he did not live there. Trump himself undermined the argument by declaring in a conversation with the nation’s governors that he lives in Manhattan.
The proposal was withdrawn by Trump’s lawyers.