saturday 7/8/2017 CALL TO ACTIVISM FOR DEMOCRACY!
opinion: doNALD TRUMP SHOULD FACE THE MUSIC FOR CHARGES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT.
"Lawyers for President Trump called for the dismissal of a sexual harassment lawsuit against the president in court on Friday, claiming in part that the president cannot be sued in state court while in office.
The suit was filed by a former contestant on the president’s former NBC reality show 'The Apprentice.'
Summer Zervos, who appeared on the reality show in 2006, filed a lawsuit claiming that Trump had defamed her with derogatory remarks about her complaints of sexual harassment during his 2016 campaign, according to the Washington Post.
Zervos has accused Trump of assaulting her at The Beverly Hills Hotel while discussing a job offer for her to start working for the Trump Organization after her stint on the reality show.
Marc Kasowitz, a Trump attorney who is also representing the president amid the ongoing investigation into possible Russian ties to his presidential campaign team, argued for the dismissal of the case in a 53-page memo to the court late Friday, the Post reported." (The Hill).
"President Trump is citing Bill Clinton’s famous sexual harassment battle in his effort to block" the lawsuit. The "problem is, Clinton lost that bid for legal immunity when the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in 1997 that the chief executive is not shielded from responding to a civil suit regarding his private behavior.
Paula Jones, an Arkansas state employee, had sued Clinton for alleged sexual harassment during an encounter in a Little Rock hotel room when he was the state’s governor. The justices said President Clinton could be forced to answer questions under oath.
But this week, Trump’s lawyers cited the Clinton vs. Jones case in a legal filing in New York and contended that it 'immunizes President Trump from being sued in this action while he is in office.'" (LA Times).
The president is not above the law. Donald Trump's activity occurred before he was president and he should be made to answer questions under oath, just like Bill Clinton was. Anything short of following precedent would be an unfair miscarriage of justice.