A New York appeals court has refused to delay a defamation suit filed against President Donald Trump by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice.
The Appellate Division s First Judicial Department of the New York Supreme Court ruled against Trump in a 3-2 decision Thursday. The Washington Post, the New York Law Journal and the Associated Press have stories.
Zervos had alleged that Trump defamed her during the presidential campaign when he claimed her sexual misconduct allegations were lies. She had claimed that Trump kissed her twice on the lips during a 2007 meeting at his office, and then he kissed and groped her the next time she saw him at a hotel where she had gone to join him for dinner.
The appeals court cited the Paula Jones case, a 1997 U.S. Supreme Court opinion that refused to delay Jones civil harassment suit against then-President Bill Clinton. The Supreme Court had ruled that the separation of powers doctrine didn t bar federal courts from proceeding with the suit.
Lawyers for Trump had argued that the decision in Clinton v. Jones didn t settle the question of immunity from suit in state court. They had argued that Trump was protected from suit in state courts by the supremacy clause, which provides that federal law supersedes state law when there is a conflict....