As the president descends deeper and deeper into a wormhole of paranoia and delusion, his legal troubles are looming closer and closer and threaten to push him off the edge.
While he frantically hunts for the disloyal author of the anonymous New York Times op-ed and the confirmation hearings for his second Supreme Court nominee are sent off the rails by allegations of past perjury, the president now must also contend with his own past crimes.
Yesterday, the President’s attorneys signed a stipulation agreement that mandates that the President will have to answer questions under oath by September 28th about the allegations of sexual assault and his defamatory remarks filed by former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos, reports Law & Crime.
The Trump team’s shameful refusal to comply with document discovery requests and attempts to hide behind executive privilege have all come to naught, and the President is going to have to answer the questions posed by Zervos’ lawyers under oath — a legally tenuous situation for Trump considering the President’s pathological lying and refusal to accept responsibility for any wrongdoing, no matter how petty.
If you’ll recall, another president by the name of Bill Clinton lied under oath during the discovery phase of his sexual assault accuser, Paula Jones — and got caught doing it, leading to the filing of impeachment charges.
Zervos’ lawsuit is focused not on the sexual assault allegations themselves, which are unfortunately very hard to prove, but for defamation stemming from the President’s appalling comments in the wake of her going public with her story.
During a harrowing press conference shortly before the 2016 election, Zervos publicly described how Trump invited her to discuss a possible job opportunity with the Trump Organization and began kissing her in the interview. After discussing with her family members, who assured her it was just “the way he greets people,” she met Mr. Trump “for lunch” in Los Angeles.
Trump instead brought her to a bungalow, where he began grabbing her breasts, kissing her, and “thrusting with his genitals.” She rejected his advances and while she was offered a job, she was offered only half the salary they had agreed to and said she believed Trump penalized her for refusing to sleep with him.
After her allegations were made public, Trump publicly disparaged her in vicious fashion at one of his infamous rallies, smearing her as a liar who wanted her “ten minutes of fame.”
Those hateful boasts might be about to come back to haunt Trump in a big way. It’ still remains to be seen whether or not Trump will provide any substantive answers to the questions, and considering that his lawyers won’t let him speak to Special Counsel Mueller over fears of him perjuring himself, it’s likely this won’t be the end of Trump or the lawsuit. But it’s major progress and an important step on the road to justice for Summer Zervos and the dozens of women who have been victimized by Donald Trump.