Trump campaign subpoenaed over sexual assault allegations

Pauline Gross
October 16, 2017

Summer Zervos, the woman behind the subpoena, came forward in October previous year with claims President Trump groped her and attempted to kiss her during an encounter they'd had in 2007. As part of that suit, her lawyers served a subpoena on his campaign, asking that it preserve all documents it had about her.

In a press conference held October 14, 2016, Zervos claimed Trump had kissed her on the mouth, touched her breast, and thrust his genitals at her during a meeting they'd had at the Beverly Hills Hotel sometime in 2007. She responded in January with a defamation suit.

The subpoena, which was issued in March but filed September 19, directs the Trump campaign and its affiliates to hand over documents on Zervos and her associates as well as on "any woman alleging that Donald J Trump touched her inappropriately".

"Ms. Zervos does not and can not state a cause of action for defamation under California law, which applies here because Ms. Zervos is domiciled and was purportedly injured there. Statements made in that context are properly viewed by courts a part of the expected fiery rhetoric, hyperbole and opinion that is squarely protected by the First Amendment".

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His legal counselors likewise said if the case isn't dropped in any event it ought to be remained until the point that he leaves office.

Trump's response to Zervos's motion is due Octobr 31.

The subpoena covers not just the President himself, but his entire campaign - including employees, partners and attorneys. "Indeed, Ms. Allred herself has questioned how the President could run the country if faced with broad discovery".

While Trump's lawyers have said Zervos' claims are politically propelled, her attorneys oppose this idea. "Ms. Zervos was not a political rival, nor was she a political observer routinely occupied with censuring hopefuls", Zervos' lawyers countered in a court documenting a month ago. She said that although she'd been "incredibly embarrassed" by his sexual advances she had thought his interest was genuine. "Respondent at that point utilized his universal domineering jerk platform to disregard her for a moment time". Basically, Trump's campaign is requested to turn over any documents that have anything to do at all with any of the women who alleged during the election season that Trump groped them. The White House alluded remark to the crusade, and a delegate did not restore a demand for input.

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