The Biden DOJ has made a decision in the case of the libel suit by E. Jean Carroll against President Donald Trump and it’s just driving folks on the left stark raving bonkers.
While he was president, Trump called Carroll a liar among other things when she accused him of committing rape decades ago, when she herself said she wouldn’t call it that when asked about it.
But the Barr DOJ took the position that Trump couldn’t be sued for libel because what Trump said as part of an official duties to press inquiries and so therefore could not be sued.
Last year, during the campaign, Joe Biden attacked the move by the Barr DOJ to defend Trump in the litigation. But now, in a reversal, the Biden DOJ has been forced to acknowledge the law in the case. Now his DOJ is taking the same position that Trump cannot be sued for making an official statement, as his acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division, Brian Boynton, explained.
“Speaking to the public and the press on matters of public concern is undoubtedly part of an elected official’s job,” Boynton added. “Courts have thus consistently and repeatedly held that allegedly defamatory statements made in that context are within the scope of elected officials’ employment — including when the statements were prompted by press inquiries about the official’s private life.”
That decision means that the case is likely effectively finished and it’s incredibly ironic that it’s the Biden folks having to finally admit they were wrong on the law and finish it.
But it’s infuriated the folks on the left who likely just lost another avenue by which they thought they were going to “get” Trump.
Yes, how dare we act in accordance with the law!
Columnist who doesn’t know the law:
It’s also hilarious that they’re also blaming the new Attorney General Merrick Garland, calling him things like a conservative old white guy.
Too bad, guys, the law is the law, no matter who’s in charge of the DOJ. And after seeing so many failures by the Democrats to uphold the law, I’m finally gratified to see that they can’t really argue their way out of this one.