The Justice Department seeks to intervene in a lawsuit brought by Trump’s rape accuser, which would leave taxpayers footing the legal bills

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The Department of Justice is seeking to represent Trump in a defamation lawsuit brought by writer E. Jean Carroll, who has accused him of rape, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
In the highly unusual move, DOJ lawyers claimed Trump was acting in an official capacity when Carroll brought the lawsuit and invoked a rule granting federal employees immunity from lawsuits.
“Trump’s effort to wield the power of the US government to evade responsibility for his private misconduct is without precedent,” Carroll’s lawyer, Roberta A. Kaplan, told Business Insider in a statement.
Trump’s previous attempts to stall the case were rejected by a New York court last month, but Tuesday’s move could further delay Carroll’s efforts to gather evidence, including DNA samples and a deposition of Trump.
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The US Department of Justice seeks to intervene in a defamation lawsuit brought by advice columnist E. Jean Carroll against President Donald Trump, according to court documents filed Tuesday — essentially making the US government the defendant.Carroll, who publicly accused Trump of raping her in a department store dressing room in the mid-1990s, filed a defamation lawsuit against the president last November after he …

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