Another day, another set of major losses and setbacks for this president.
Today in the state of New York, an appeals division rejected Donald Trump’s bid to have a defamation lawsuit against him tossed out or put on hold by former The Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos. This means that he will have to face the music and face the reality of this defamation lawsuit.
The ruling, coming from New York’s Appellate Division, First Department was 3-2 and firmly stated that the “Supremacy Clause of the Constitution does not provide blanket immunity to the president from having to defend himself against the civil damages action brought against him in a state court.”
Per the court’s majority ruling, Justice Dianne Renwick added:
‘Despite the suggestion in his brief that he is the ‘embodiment of the Executive Branch,’ and though he is tasked with significant responsibilities, the President is still a person.’
This is a major loss to Trump, who has repeatedly hinted that he somehow has immunity from the law, while he serves as President of the United States.
Back in 2016, Trump constantly slammed Zervos’ claims by calling her a liar on the campaign trail. This came after Zervos made public claims that Trump made relenting, unwanted sexual advances on her in 2007, while she was a contender on his NBC show.
In part, Zervos claims that Trump repeatedly kissed her, at times “very aggressively,” and had also placed his hands on her breasts and even going as far as to press his genitals against her.
Here is an emotional clip of Zervos, alongside her attorney in 2016, Gloria Allred:
‘We reject defendant President Trump’s argument that the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution prevents a New York State court — and every other state court in the country — from exercising its authority under its state constitution.
‘Instead, we find that the Supremacy Clause was never intended to deprive a state court of its authority to decide cases and controversies under the state’s constitution.’
The ruling today stems from a Supreme Court decision in 1997 from the case Clinton v. Jones, where the court ruled unanimously that the Constitution does not grant a sitting president immunity from civil litigation in federal court except under highly unusual circumstances.
Zervos’s current attorney, Mariann Wang, was pleased with the court and it’s ruling today and released a statement which in part read:
‘We are pleased that the First Department has affirmed once again that Defendant ‘is not above the law,’
‘The case has proceeded in the trial court and discovery continues. We look forward to proving to a jury that Ms. Zervos told the truth about defendant’s unwanted sexual groping and holding him accountable for his malicious lies.’
Here is the court filing in its entirety:
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