Nov 4, 2019

E. Jean Carroll sues Trump for defamation

E. Jean Carroll at her home in Warwick, N.Y. Photo: Eva Deitch for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, who has accused President Trump of sexually assaulting her in the 1990s, has sued him for defamation.

The big picture: The lawsuit, filed in state court on Monday, claims Trump damaged her reputation and her career when he denied her allegation in June.

"No one, not even the president, is above the law. While I can no longer hold Donald Trump accountable for assaulting me more than 20 years ago, I can hold him accountable for lying about it and I fully intend to do so.”
— Carroll in a statement

Background: Carroll alleged that Trump pinned her against a wall in a dressing room in New York in either late 1995 or early 1996, pulled down her tights, unzipped his pants and sexually assaulted her. Carrol claims she fought back and escaped relatively quickly.

  • Trump has denied the allegation altogether, saying he has never met Carroll and telling reporters she "is not my type." There is a photo of the two of them together in the 1980s.
  • His statements regarding Carroll, the lawsuit said, "are fully consistent with his tried-and-true playbook for responding to credible public reports that he sexually assaulted women."

The bottom line, per NYT: Trump may have to defend his statements in court.

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Trump intends to take tax return fight to Supreme Court

President Trump at a Georgia rally on Nov. 8, in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump's lawyers intend to petition the U.S. Supreme Court by Nov. 14 to review a lower court ruling requiring the president to turn over eight years of his tax returns to a state grand jury, according to a letter written Friday.

Why it matters: This case would mark the first time the Supreme Court makes a decision on Trump's legal argument — that he is immune from criminal investigation while in office — and could "produce a major statement on the limits of presidential power," the New York Times reports.

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Judge dismisses Trump's lawsuit over tax returns

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A federal judge in D.C. has thrown out President Trump's lawsuit that aims to block the House Ways and Means Committee from getting access to his tax returns through a new New York state law, reports NBC News.

Why it matters: Trump has tried to block every attempt to make his tax returns public and plans to take this case to the Supreme Court.

Go deeperArrowNov 11, 2019

Read: Appeals court rules Congress can access Trump's tax records

President Trump speaks during a Cabinet Meeting at the White House on Oct. 21. Photo: Brendan Smialowsky/AFP via Getty Images

Congress can seek eight years of President Trump's tax records, according to a federal appeals court ruling on Wednesday.

Why it matters: It's a major setback for Trump, who's tried to block every attempt to make his tax returns public and plans to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Nov 14, 2019