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Biden's DOJ defends Trump in rape accuser E. Jean Carroll's defamation lawsuit

The Biden administration indicated in a court filing Monday night that it's continuing with the Department of Justice's defense of former President Trump in a defamation lawsuit brought by writer E. Jean Carroll.

Driving the news: Biden's DOJ states in the new filing to the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals continues with the Trump administration's argument that Trump was acting "within the scope of employment" as then president when he said in 2019 that Carroll was "totally lying" about claims that he raped her in the mid-1990s.

  • "Then-President Trump's response to Ms. Carroll's serious allegations of sexual assault included statements that questioned her credibility in terms that were crude and disrespectful," attorneys for the DOJ wrote in a brief.
  • "But this case does not concern whether Mr. Trump's response was appropriate. Nor does it turn on the truthfulness of Ms. Carroll's allegations."

New, with more to come: DOJ under Biden is keeping up the previous admin's effort to take over Trump's defense against a defamation lawsuit filed by writer E. Jean Carroll — an effort Biden criticized during the campaign.

First brief under new admin:

— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) June 8, 2021

Editor's note: This a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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