Donald Trump can continue to lean on the executive power he once had as president as he attempts to wave away a lawsuit that accuses him of raping advice columnist E. Jean Carroll 25 years ago.
Although the Justice Department is now under the control of President Joe Biden, on Monday the DOJ continued the legal effort it started under the previous president, arguing that Trump was merely another employee of the federal government when he essentially called Carroll a liar. Still treating Trump as a federal employee would grant him some degree of immunity for his actions.
“The President is an ‘employee of the government,’” the Justice Department asserted in its brief on Monday evening. And the current law keeps giving Trump immunity and government-funded legal help because “nothing in the text, purpose, or history of the statutes suggests that they exempt from their coverage the President of the United States.”