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Trump using DOJ as his personal attorney

The Trump administration continues to use the Department of Justice as Donald Trump’s personal attorney. This means that we taxpayers are paying for his lawyers.

The most recent outrage is that the Department of Justice is trying to take over the defense of Trump in a state court case brought by a woman who claims he sexually assaulted her 20 years ago. The DOJ did this on the day that Trump’s private lawyers had to file an appeal of an order to turn over a DNA sample.   

The DOJ’s weak argument for taking over Trump’s defense is that Trump acted “within the scope of his official duties” when he denied that he assaulted the woman. How can it be within the official duties of a President to deny that he committed sexual assault when he was a private citizen, 20 years before his election?  

Attorney General Bill Barr is violating his oath of office. He’s not upholding the Constitution and laws of the United States. For his own reasons, he thinks his client is Donald Trump and he will take outrageous steps to protect him. Trump can fight this case in N.Y. state court and pay his own attorneys. This isn’t a partisan issue; no president of either party should be able to force taxpayers to pay his defense costs in a private civil case.

Patricia Gotschalk 

Wailuku

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