A defamation case brought by a magazine columnist against President Donald Trump will proceed after a federal judge on Tuesday rejected an attempt by the Justice Department to intervene.
The suit was brought against the president by former columnist E. Jean Carroll and says Trump raped her in the 1990s.
The department attempted to shield Trump by stepping in as the defendant in the suit — a move experts say would have ended the case, since the government can’t be sued for defamation.
Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled, however, that the department cannot be regarded as the defendant — and also said Trump is not a federal “employee” under the Federal Tort Claims Act, which shields federal workers from litigation seeking damages.
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