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The Mueller investigation isn’t the only legal issue Trump is facing. He is also being sued by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on the Apprentice:

In October 2016, Zervos accused Trump of aggressively kissing her and groping her breasts during a 2007 meeting that took place when she was seeking a job at his company. Her lawsuit claims that he made defamatory statements by describing as liars women who came forward last year to accuse him of misconduct. […]

Trump denied the allegations, calling them “pure fiction” and labeling the women “horrible, horrible liars.” He vowed to sue his accusers and promised evidence that would refute their claims, although nearly a year later, neither the lawsuits nor such evidence has materialized.

— www.washingtonpost.com/…

Trump’s team has presented many novel defenses for this suit. They’ve claimed that when Trump called his accusers “liars”, he was expressing a “political opinion”. They’ve also claimed as president Trump is immune from civil suits in state courts.

The interesting thing is that Zervos’ team has asked for a broad range of documents in discovery, including all communications in the Trump campaign and camp about any of the 16 women who have been accusations.

The defamation suit filed in January in the New York State Supreme Court by Zervos, a short-lived contestant on “The Apprentice,” has reached a critical point, with oral arguments over Trump’s motion to dismiss scheduled for Tuesday, after which the judge is expected to rule on whether the case may move forward.

If it proceeds, Zervos’s attorneys could gather and make public incidents from Trump’s past and Trump could be called to testify, with the unwelcome specter of a former president looming over him: It was Bill Clinton’s misleading sworn testimony — not the repeated allegations of sexual harassment against him — that eventually led to his impeachment.

“It’s almost a train you can’t stop going down the tracks, said Joseph Cammarata, who represented Paula Jones against Clinton and, more recently, represented seven Cosby accusers in a defamation suit. “It opens him up to have to answer questions about sexual relations, other relationships, what might have been said, to open up your whole life.” — www.washingtonpost.com/…

— @subirgrewal

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