Trump Lawyer Cites *Paula Jones* As To Why He Can't Face Puss-Burgling Lawsuit. LOL Trump Lawyer! LOL!
Hillary Clinton lost, and we still have to think about Paula Jones! Such is the bizarro hellscape we live in just 70 days in to the Trump administration.
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Remember that time in 2016 when the Access Hollywood tape came out? Remember how you wiped the barf off your chin and breathed a sigh of relief because NFW would this country elect a guy who got caught on tape bragging that he "Grabs 'em by the pussy?"
Around that time, former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos came forward with her story of being similarly assaulted in 2007 by Candidate Pussygrabber. As did many other women. Ever the gentleman, Trump called them phonys [sic] and liars and threatened lawsuits.
Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign. Total fabrication. The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over.
100% fabricated and made-up charges, pushed strongly by the media and the Clinton Campaign, may poison the minds of the American Voter. FIX!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2016
And then Donald Trump trotted out Paula Jones, Kathleen Wiley and Juanita Broaddrick at the last debate just to fuck with Hillary. Because he is classy like that.
In January of 2017, Summer Zervos filed a defamation suit against Trump in New York alleging that she'd been harmed by his calling her an attention-seeking liar. Monday, Trump's personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz filed a response that asserts that no one can sue the the Groper-in-Chief right now because of...
Presidential immunity is derived from the Separation of Powers under the Constitution. Its purpose is to shield the President from lawsuits and Congressional inquiries related to his official conduct. So, for example, Sally Yates can't sue the President personally for wrongful termination. But courts have consistently ruled that this immunity does not bar any and all lawsuits filed against a sitting President.
The most famous lawsuit establishing the limits of presidential immunity was, of course, Clinton v. Jones 520 U.S. 681 (1997). The Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that President Clinton could be sued for sexually harassing Paula Jones prior to assuming the presidency. Clinton's lawyers argued that he was far too busy Presidenting to sit for discovery and depositions. But the Court was not having it. So it seems an odd choice for Trump's lawyers to cite Clinton v. Jones and also (yes, that) Nixon v. Fitzgerald 457 U.S. 731 (1982) in his defense against Zervos.
Moreover, as in Clinton v. Jones, the public interest mandates that the immunity issue be resolved before proceeding further. See Clinton, 520 U.S. at 706-07. The “singular importance of the President’s duties” warrants a stay where civil actions, such as this one, “frequently could distract a President from his public duties, to the detriment of not only the President and his office but also the Nation that the President was designed to serve.” Nixon, 457 U.S. at 753.
Let's pause for a second to contemplate the irony of President Mar-a-Lago claiming that he is too busy with his presidential duties to be sued right now. A man who has played 13 rounds of golf in 9 weeks. A man who watches several hours of television every day.
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Additionally, Trump's lawyer is seeking a 60-day extension of all deadlines so that he can prepare his Motion to Dismiss and a halt to any discovery until the presidential immunity issue is resolved. In other words, he is going to DRAG. THIS. SHIT. OUT. FOREVER.
Which is depressing as hell. So, here's a link to a story about JFK getting sued because his motorcade ran over a Mississippi politician known as the Donkey Riding Senator. The court ruled that JFK could be sued for damaging the man's ability to ride a donkey and live up to his moniker. Ah, the good old days...
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