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Summer Zervos (right), a former contestant on "The Apprentice," arrives with lawyer Gloria Allred at the New York County Criminal Court in December 2017 in New York. Photo: Kena E. Betancur/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Trump must submit to a deposition before Christmas for a defamation lawsuit filed by former "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos, a New York state court ruled Monday.

Why it matters: This would mark the first time that Trump would have to answer questions in court under oath since he took office in 2017.

Context: Trump won a delay in Zervos' defamation case in early January 2020 after arguing that sitting presidents could not be sued in state courts.

Details: In an order issued by Justice Jennifer Schecter of the New York state court in Manhattan, Trump faces a Dec. 23 deposition deadline after his attorney said the former president intended to countersue, per Reuters.

  • Clerk Michael Rand said during a virtual status conference on Monday that the pretrial questioning could go ahead because Trump was now a private citizen, ABC News reports.

Background: Trump responded in 2016 to accusations by over a dozen women, including Zervos, that he allegedly sexually assaulted or sexually harassed them by calling them "liars" with "100% fabricated" stories.

  • He retweeted a post that described as a "hoax" Zervos' allegations that he subjected her to unwanted kissing and groping in 2007.

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Former President Trump filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the National Archives from releasing White House records to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, citing executive privilege.

Why it matters: It's the latest escalation in Trump's campaign to disrupt the committee's sweeping probe into the circumstances surrounding Jan. 6, including his actions and communications leading up to the Capitol attack.

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Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) has been indicted on charges he falsified records and lied to federal investigators probing an illegal foreign donation scheme, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

Driving the news: Fortenberry alerted supporters to the impending charges Tuesday morning, saying in a video uploaded to YouTube federal prosecutors in California "accused me of lying, and are charging me with this."

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