Well, this is an interesting tactic.
Courtesy of Bloomberg:
President Donald Trump asked a New York judge to throw out an advice columnist’s lawsuit accusing him of defamation after he denied her claim that he raped her in a department store dressing room two decades ago.
E. Jean Carroll, who went public with her allegation against Trump in a June magazine article, can’t sue the president in New York because the statements at issue were all made in Washington, his lawyer said in a New York state court filing Friday.
Trump, who denies assaulting Carroll, said New York courts lack personal jurisdiction over him “even when the purported statements were published to New York readers/listeners, or were directed towards or caused harm to a New York citizen.”
Trump also said Carroll hadn’t served the complaint on him in New York, where the real-estate mogul has long maintained a residence at his signature 5th Avenue skyscraper. Carroll said in an earlier filing that Secret Service agents blocked her attempts to serve the complaint, prompting a judge to rule that she could serve it by mail to the White House.
Carroll’s lawyer Roberta Kaplan said Trump is misstating the law around personal jurisdiction to avoid having to turn over documents in the case, which a judge ordered him to start doing.
“When E. Jean’s case was filed, Donald Trump maintained a home in New York, was registered to vote in New York, paid taxes in New York, and had been sued in New York on numerous occasions — including since 2016 — without any objection,” Kaplan said in an email. “Tellingly, as his papers make clear, what this motion is really about is a transparent effort to avoid discovery at all costs in a case involving a sexual assault.”
I swear that Trump’s legal team seems to spend the majority of their time fighting the release of their clients documents to Congress or in response to various lawsuits.
I wonder how many thousands of taxpayer dollars he wastes on this in a single day?
By the way, I really think that Trump fears this E. Jean Carroll woman more than any of his other accusers because she is the most high profile of his victims.
Speaking of accusers, Trump has another one.
Courtesy of the New York Daily News:
Former Fox News reporter Courtney Friel says Donald Trump called her with a creepy come-on before he became president — while they were both married.
Friel, who sometimes worked as a fill-in host on Trump’s beloved “Fox & Friends,” details the alleged proposition in her upcoming memoir, “Tonight At 10: Kicking Booze and Breaking News,” due out Tuesday.
She says Trump told her she was “the hottest one at Fox News” and called her office line a few weeks after she mentioned an interest in working as a judge on his Miss USA beauty pageant.
“Though he said I couldn’t be a judge since I worked at a different network, he did ask me about my career goals and complimented my work at FNC,” Friel, 39, wrote in a sneak peek of her book shared with the Daily News.
“Then, out of nowhere, he said: ‘You should come up to my office sometime, so we can kiss,’” Friel claimed.
The journalist who now works as an anchor at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles says she was “shocked” by the advance.
“’Donald,’ I responded, ‘I believe we’re both married.’ I quickly ended the call,” she wrote.
“This proposition made it difficult for me to report with a straight face on Trump running for president. It infuriated me that he would call all the women who shared stories of his bold advances liars. I totally believe them,” she states in the book.
This seems like one of Trump’s less creepy attempts to bang hot women, but still, pretty creepy.