DOJ/LAWSUIT: “The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to take over the defense of President Donald Trump in a defamation suit brought by advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, who claims Trump raped her two decades ago…

It could also leave taxpayers on the hook for any damages awarded in the case.

In a court filing Tuesday [Sep. 8, 2020], the Justice Department said Trump was acting ‘within the scope’ of his job as president when he said Carroll lied about the incident, prompting her lawsuit.”

-Bob Van Voris and Erik Larson, “U.S. Seeks to Defend Trump in Rape Accuser’s Defamation Suit,” bloomberg.com, Sep. 8, 2020