Via the New York Times:
The Justice Department moved on Tuesday to replace President Trump’s private legal team with government lawyers to defend him against a defamation lawsuit by the author E. Jean Carroll, who has accused him of raping her in a Manhattan department store in the 1990s.
In a highly unusual legal move, lawyers for the Justice Department said in court papers that Mr. Trump was acting in his official capacity as president when he denied ever knowing Ms. Carroll and thus could be defended by government lawyers — in effect underwritten by taxpayer money.
Though the law gives employees of the federal government immunity from most defamation lawsuits, legal experts said it has rarely, if ever, been used before to protect a president, especially for actions taken before he entered office.
“The question is,” said Steve Vladeck, a University of Texas law professor, “is it really within the scope of the law for government lawyers to defend someone accused of lying about a rape when he wasn’t even president yet?”
Not only am I not surprised that Trump would pull this bullshit, I thoroughly expected Attorney General Barr to go along with it. Trump sees the entire U.S. government as his company, and he’s the CEO, and Barr is his fixer.
This will go to a federal court where any judge who isn’t in the pocket of Trump will toss it. It will get appealed, aiming for the Supreme Court, and assuring that it will not be decided before November. That’s the whole idea.
It also tells me and the world that Trump is completely freaked out at the possibility of having to testify in court. He’ll commit perjury as he’s being sworn in to solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.