Barr’s DOJ Screws Up ‘Routine’ Effort to Defend Trump in E. Jean Carroll Case

It was a “routine” maneuver—at least that’s how Attorney General Bill Barr previously his DOJ’s twice-unsuccessful, as of Tuesday, effort to mount a publicly funded defense of President Donald Trump amid ongoing legal woes.

In a terse two-page order by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), Judge Lewis A. Kaplan admonished the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for its second failed attempt at (1) having E. Jean Carroll‘s defamation case against Trump removed from state court to federal court; and (2) having the United States “substitute itself for Donald J. Trump in his personal capacity as the defendant” in the high-profile case.

In early August, Carroll won a significant victory when the New York
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