Judge blocks DOJ’s attempt to defend Trump in E. Jean Carroll rape defamation lawsuit

(CNN) — A federal judge on Tuesday denied the Justice Department’s effort to intervene in a defamation lawsuit brought against President Donald Trump by a magazine columnist who has alleged he raped her, paving the way for the case to proceed.


The department had sought to substitute itself as a Trump defendant in the lawsuit filed by E. Jean Carroll, a move that likely would have ended the proceedings since the federal government can’t be sued for defamation.

Trump has denied the allegations.

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