An intermediate-level court in Manhattan has requested that the state further review whether its 3-2 decision from March concerning “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zeros’ allegations against President Trump was accurate.
New York High Court to Review Defamation Lawsuit
New York state’s highest court will be tasked with determining if President Trump can be sued while in the White House despite his claims that he is immune from any type of litigation, including lawsuits and investigations, as the President of the United States.
In 2017, Zervos accused the President of defamation when he called her a liar after she alleged that he sexually harassed her in 2007. She claimed that Trump kissed her without her consent during a meeting in New York and later groped her at a Beverly Hills hotel.
Zervos isn’t the only woman who has accused President Trump of sexual misconduct since his election in 2016. The allegations haven’t seemed to phase Trump, and he has denied every single claim. Neither Trump nor Zervos’ attorneys had an immediate comment on the matter.
The Appellate Division’s Initial Findings
New York’s Appellate Division determined in March that the Constitution did not forbid lower state courts from making rulings under constitutional law even in the case of an active president. Despite Trump’s heavy responsibilities, he was “not above the law” or exempt from the consequences involved if the law was broken.
Additionally, the court determined that Zervos’ accusations against Trump mirrored former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones’ lawsuit against President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment. In fact, the court called the two cases “materially indistinguishable” from one another.
The United States Supreme court moved forward with the lawsuit in 1997, which many believed heavily contributed to his impeachment the next year.
President Trump’s Current Impeachment
Approximately one month ago, President Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives. The Democratic-led House charged Trump with obstruction of Congress and abuse of his authority and power.
Since the proceedings are expected to begin sometime early this year—now that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally decided to hand over the articles of impeachment—dissenting judges believe Zervos’ case should wait until he has left the office in order to avoid interfering with his presidency.