A legal strategy that no president before Trump has ever been forced to utilize.

Courtesy of the New York Post:

President Trump wants New York journalist E. Jean Carroll’s defamation lawsuit against him put on hold while he appeals former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos’ case against him — arguing a successful appeal in Zervos could impact the Carroll case, according to new court papers.

Trump was granted permission last month to appeal to the New York Court of Appeals — the highest court in the state — in Zervos’ 2017 defamation lawsuit accusing him of calling her a liar when he denied her claims that he kissed and groped her.

Trump is expected to try to persuade the high court that the US Constitution bars state cases, like the Zervos case, from proceeding while he is president. The Zervos case is on hold in the lower court pending the Court of Appeals’ decision.

Trump late Tuesday filed court papers arguing that Elle magazine advice columnist Carroll’s defamation case also should not go forward in Manhattan Supreme Court until the Zervos appeal is resolved.

“If President Trump is successful on that appeal, this Court would be without jurisdiction to hear this action while President Trump is in office, and that threshold issue should be decided in the Court of Appeals before this action proceeds,” Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz wrote in Manhattan Supreme Court papers.

Hoping to use the court findings that you cannot be sued while serving as president from one case of sexual assault to fight another case accusing you of rape I would guess never even occurred to the Founding Fathers as a possible abuse of power by a sitting president. 

The next person to hold that office will need to conduct themselves with grace and dignity if they have any hope of raising the presidency from the sewers that Trump wallowed in for the last four years.