G. McConway
July 13, 2023

DOJ Makes Major Reversal in E. Jean Carroll Case

Attorney General Merrick Garland has done it again.

He has proven, at least to conservatives, especially Trump supporters, that he has weaponized the entire Justice Department against Donald J. Trump, the former president of the United States.

The DOJ made a stunning reversal this week in changing its stance that it would defend Trump in the Carroll defamation case, reports the Washington Post.

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Initially, the Department of Justice stood behind Trump in this case, stating that he was immune to prosecution due to the fact that his comments fell under the normal course of business as the president of the United States.

That stance just changed.

The DOJ "has determined that there is no longer a sufficient basis to conclude that the former President was motivated by 'more than an insignificant' desire to serve the United States Government" when he disparaged Carroll in remarks to reporters four years ago," reported NBC News.

When the initial case was filed, the DOJ agreed to intervene for Trump, stating that he "was acting within the scope of his office and employment as President of the United States when he made the statements."

On Tuesday, the Department informed attorneys for both sides that due to new evidence, which included the recent jury verdict against Trump in a civil suit brought by Carroll, it was changing its position on this matter.

Roberta Kaplan, an attorney for Carroll, stated, "We are grateful that the Department of Justice has reconsidered its position.

"We have always believed that Donald Trump made his defamatory statements about our client in June 2019 out of personal animus, ill will, and spite, and not as President of the United States."

Donald Trump, as we could have predicted, took to Truth Social after the announcement, calling it "all part of the political Witch Hunt." He also called Carroll's civil case "a Miscarriage of Justice and a total Scam."

The previous stance of the DOJ was established under former Attorney General William Barr.

Barr's position was that since Trump made the comments while president, during a Q&A with the media, the statute protecting the president and giving him immunity in certain matters could be applied.

Barr's position has been stuck in the courts since U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan disagreed and said that he didn't believe the Westfall Act applied to this case. His reasoning was that Trump was not commenting on something related to his presidency but rather something that took place decades ago, long before he ever moved into the White House.

So, we can just add this to the growing list of Trump's legal problems, and yet another case where Trump is going to have to dig deep into his pocket (or his campaign funds) to defend himself.

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