Trump Claims ‘Presidential Immunity’ In Effort To Dodge Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
Claiming presidential immunity, Donald Trump’s lawyers have formally asked the New York Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a former “Apprentice” contestant who says Trump groped her during a taping of the show.
In the lawsuit, Summer Zervos claims that when she appeared on the show Trump hosted before running for president he repeatedly kissed her on the mouth, grabbed her breast and thrust his genitals at her.
Trump, who was caught on tape bragging about groping women, issued a statement denying the allegations. In the new filing, his lawyers call her allegations “false.”
In their motion, the president’s legal team adopts some of Trump’s forceful rhetorical response to the Russia probe, dismissing Servos’ lawsuit as “a private witch-hunt” aimed at doing political damage to the president and providing fodder for potential impeachment proceedings.
Trump’s assertion that a sitting president cannot be sued in a state court was submitted to a Manhattan judge by Marc Kasowitz, the same private attorney heading up the president’s defense in ongoing investigations into alleged ties between Russia and the Trump campaign during last year’s presidential election.
However, the most legally controversial of Kasowitz’s arguments is his contention that Trump is immune from suit in state courts during the time he serves as president.