Federal Judge Rejects Attorney General Barr’s Attempt to Defend Trump Against Rape Accuser’s Defamation Lawsuit

Less than one week after the Department of Justice tried and failed to make new arguments as to why E. Jean Carroll should be suing the United States and not Donald Trump in his personal capacity, a federal judge rejected DOJ’s attempted takeover of the defamation case.

Senior U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, a Bill Clinton appointee, issued a decision on Tuesday, several weeks after the DOJ removed the Carroll case from state court to federal court in an attempt to substitute the U.S. as the defendant in place of Trump. That DOJ defense strategy, which Attorney General Bill Barr described as “routine,” was rejected. Recall: Attorney General Barr also said criticism of his move was a
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