What’s going on?
Summer Zervos, a contestant on “The Apprentice” in 2005, is bringing a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump.
Trump’s lawyers tried to get the case thrown out, but on Tuesday, New York State Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Schecter ruled that “no one is above the law” and Zervos can bring her case. Schecter wrote in her decision that the accusations were not related to any of Trump’s presidential duties and cited the precedent set when Paula Jones sued Bill Clinton for sexual harassment in the '90s.
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What are her accusations?
Zervos first sued Trump in January 2017, alleging that Trump “ambushed” her and forcibly touched and kissed her on multiple occasions.
Will Trump have to testify?
Maybe. This step opens the door to the possibility that Trump will be called on to testify and provide documents, Bloomberg reported.
Glenn and Stu analyzed this story and the dangers for Trump on today’s show. Trump will obviously be in a lot more trouble if Zervos can provide evidence during her day in court, but one of the biggest risks for anyone in this situation is having to speak under oath, increasing the chances that you will make a mistake.
“If they have the hardcore evidence and he lies under oath like Clinton did, then there’s trouble,” Glenn said.
Stu pointed out that you can be pinned for a “wrongly worded phrase” once you’re under oath.
“The goal would be to wreck [Trump],” Stu said. “Just get him on something.”