DOJ/LAWSUIT/LEGAL (LAW & LITIGATION): “A federal judge on Tuesday [Oct. 27, 2020] rejected the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) effort to intervene on President Trump’s behalf in a lawsuit over a writer’s accusation that he raped her in the mid-1990s.

Judge Lewis Kaplan, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, ruled the president is not an employee of the government and that the allegations don’t regard conduct in his official capacity.

E. Jean Carroll, a former magazine columnist, sued Trump in his personal capacity for defamation last year after he publicly denied her allegation of rape. Kaplan’s ruling means Trump cannot use the DOJ to defend him in the case.”

-Harper Neidig, “Judge blocks DOJ from defending Trump in lawsuit over rape allegation,” thehill.com, Oct. 27, 2020

[Note: Click to read the 61-page ruling from Judge Lewis Kaplan.]