Donald Trump has done some messed up things in his past. Prior to being elected President of the United States, a leaked tape came out that showed Trump bragging about groping women.
After the leaked tape came out nearly a dozen women came forward to accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct.
Trump denied the accusations and promised to take legal action against these women after the election. This didn’t end up happening, but it doesn’t mean that those allegations aren’t there.
In fact, one of the women has now sued the president for defamation, and as USA Today reported.
Trump’s attorneys are now saying that he should be immune from the accusations because he is president and cannot be distracted by the case.
The case is the one of Summer Zervos, a former contestant from The Apprentice, who sued Trump on Jan. 17, just three days before his inauguration. Servos had come forward back in October, accusing Trump of kissing and groping her in a Beverly Hills hotel room in 2007.
Trump denied the accusations in a series of tweets calling the sexual misconduct allegations “100% fabricated and made-up charges,” “totally false” and “totally made up nonsense.”
Trump’s lawyers – his private counsel, not the White House counsel – told the court this week the case could “distract a President from his public duties to the detriment of not only the President and his office but also the Nation.”
But why should Trump get special treatment, when two decades ago the same thing happened to Bill Clinton?
Clinton was sued by Paula Jones and the Supreme Court ruled unanimously against him. According to an MSNBC report: “Those involved in the legal proceedings would need to accommodate the president’s unique schedule, the justices said, but no one, not even the Leader of the Free World, is immune from civil litigation for conduct unrelated to his office.”
This brings up the question again, why should Trump be any different? Well, according to his lawyers, this case is a little different: “Jones filed a federal sexual harassment case, while Zervos’ lawsuit is in a state court. What’s more, the Jones case unfolded during Clinton’s presidency, while Zervos filed before Trump was inaugurated.”
A Washington Post report added, “A ruling that Trump cannot be sued in state courts would have implications far beyond the case of the former “Apprentice” contestant. Even if a judge rules against Trump, the legal wrangling could delay the defamation case, which is still in its early stages. [Trump attorney Marc Kasowitz] argued that all discovery in the case should be put on hold until the issue is resolved.”
But this isn’t the only case Trump should be worried about, his fraud allegations in the “Trump University” case still remain unsolved unresolved.
According to Politico:
“Days before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, he did something he’d long vowed never to do: fork over $25 million to settle long-running fraud lawsuits over his Trump University seminar program. But a former student in Florida is balking at the settlement and asking to be allowed to pursue her claims to trial – exactly what the president apparently wished to avoid.
“Overall, the settlement offer has won support among many former Trump University students, who are slated to get anywhere from about $1,200 to $30,000, about 80 percent of what they paid.
“Those who aren’t satisfied with the offer include Florida bankruptcy attorney Sherri Simpson, who says she paid nearly $19,000 in 2010 for seminars and a mentorship program. She’s arguing that she should be able to continue the litigation in order to see Trump’s alleged fraud publicly exposed.”