President Donald Trump is being sued by by Summer Zervos for defamation, after he disproved her claims over the summer during the election saying her sexual harassment claims only came from a place of wanting attention, and that he was innocent.
Some White House officials are saying President Trump should be immune from citizen lawsuits while he is president, simply for the fact that he has too much to focus on already, and more important work ahead than bothering with a defamation lawsuit.
He apparently plans to use the ‘Supremacy Clause’ which can be found in the US Constitution, and ‘immunizes the President from being sued in state court while in office.’
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The Daily Mail has more:
Donald Trump is trying to use his position as president to stop a lawsuit filed against him by a former Apprentice contestant, according to newly released court documents.
He is being sued by Summer Zervos for defamation after he claimed that her accusations that he groped her were just an attempt to become famous.
Now Trump plans to use the ‘Supremacy Clause’ of the US Constitution to head her off at the pass, documents suggest.
That clause ‘immunizes the President from being sued in state court while in office,’ according to a filing in Manhattan Supreme Court, The New York Post reported.
Zervos filed a suit against Trump on January 17, three days before he was sworn in as president.
She is demanding $2,914 and an apology from Trump. He had previously dismissed her October claim as lies to get ‘ten minutes of fame’.
The documents, which were filed by Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz, said that the issue of the Supremacy Clause had previously been raised by the Supreme Court.
It had been discussed during the sexual harassment suit filed by Paula Jones against Bill Clinton in 1998 that resulted in Clinton’s impeachment for lying under oath.
However, Kasowitz said, the issue was never settled by the Supreme Court.