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Trump Was US Employee When He Denied Rape Claim, Court Rules (3)

Sept. 27, 2022, 6:13 PM

Former President Donald Trump qualified as a government employee when he was in office, a federal appeals court ruled, putting at risk a defamation suit filed against him by New York columnist E. Jean Carroll.

The finding Tuesday by a panel of the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals means Trump is covered by a federal statute that protects government employees from lawsuits over actions that relate to their official duties. The case is still far from over.

“As Trump points out in his brief, the president is a government employee in the most basic sense of the term,” ...