THIS story is just in the NY Times….
A senator from Minnesota is splashed across the media…
Donald Trump is at it again….
Bill Clinton knocked the idea that a sitting President cannot be subjected to civil redress for his actions….
I smell a settlement coming…
That and media NON-coverage in fear of Trump retribution….
Lawyers clashed Tuesday in a Manhattan courtroom over whether a defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who has accused President Trump of unwanted sexual advances should be allowed to proceed in New York State Supreme Court.
The president’s lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, argued that the state court has no jurisdiction over a sitting president under the supremacy clause in the United States Constitution. He said the case should be dismissed or halted until Mr. Trump leaves office.
But Mr. Kasowitz faced sharp questions from Justice Jennifer Schecter, who noted there have been few — if any — legal decisions that address a state court’s ability to hear a case about a president’s actions outside of his official duties.
“This would be the first,” the judge asserted.
“This would be the first,” Mr. Kasowitz acknowledged.
The plaintiff in the lawsuit, Summer Zervos, is a former contestant on Mr. Trump’s show “The Apprentice.”
…..lawyers for Ms. Zervos have pointed to a United States Supreme Court ruling that allowed Paula Jones to bring a sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton while he was in office. Though that case was in federal court, three law professors have filed briefs arguing that the ruling could also be applied to state lawsuits.
Mariann Meier Wang, a lawyer for Ms. Zervos, argued that the federal decision allows a state court to hear a lawsuit against the president — so long as it does not concern his official conduct. She told the judge that Ms. Zervos would ensure the lawsuit did not interfere with Mr. Trump’s duties….
image…CreditJeenah Moon for The New York Times