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Trump lawyers say judge lacks jurisdiction for defamation lawsuit

Trump's lawyers, led by Marc Kasowitz, said the Constitution's Supremacy Clause prevented the judge from letting Zervos's lawsuit proceed in a state court


US President Donald Trump’s lawyers told a New York state judge on Tuesday that under the US Constitution she had no jurisdiction over the president and therefore urged her to dismiss a defamation lawsuit by a woman who has accused Trump of sexual harassment. The lawsuit by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice,” contends that Trump’s denials of her accusations amounted to false and defamatory statements. Being “branded a liar” by Trump, the lawsuit said, has harmed her and her ...

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First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 13:54 IST