If Donald Trump’s attorneys weren’t busy enough, the defense team of the President has repeatedly tried to get rid of the civil lawsuit Summer Zervos filed. As has been recently reported, those efforts aren’t paying off.
New York’s highest court on Thursday denied President Donald Trump’s attempt to put the brakes on a defamation suit from former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos.
The decision by the New York Court of Appeals marks another failed bid from Trump to halt or delay the lawsuit brought by Zervos.
Mariann Wang, Zervos’s attorney, told CNBC, “This is now the third time the courts have rejected defendant’s effort to block the progress of this case. We look forward to continuing the discovery process and exposing the truth.”
It’s that process of discovery that should scare President Trump.
Let’s quickly go over how things ended up like this. Like many in the world probably remember, Trump was taped bragging in 2005 about the sexual assaults he committed. Along with other horrible things, the Republican revealed he kisses women he finds attractive – “I don’t even wait,” Trump said – which he claimed they let him due to his fame.
“When you’re a star, they let you do it,” Trump bragged. “You can do anything. Grab ‘em by the p—y.”
After the President said he didn’t do what he boasted about doing, several women spoke out and accused Trump of sexual misconduct – among them, Summer Zervos, is suing the Republican for defamation, after he called his accusers all liars.
Trump’s attorneys have attempted to get rid of the case with a variety of arguments – the President has claimed not to have done anything wrong – but those attempts haven’t succeeded lately.
And what will happen if the case continues? The process of discovery will begin, and Zervos’ attorney has made quite a wish list. As was revealed early in May, among other things, they’re looking for documents about Trump’s alleged mistreatment of women from the Trump Organization, recordings from the President’s former reality show, and video footage from the hotel Zervos remembers being attacked in.
In addition, the plaintiff’s attorneys have personally subpoenaed Trump – and intend to question him under oath.
A report from Vox observed, “Trump isn’t totally out of options. The court’s decision didn’t rule on the merits of Trump’s argument – whether state courts don’t have jurisdiction over the president – and instead said it couldn’t yet rule on that because the lower court hasn’t made a final decision on the president’s motions.”
To say it differently, there are hoops remaining to jump through for the legal process, but the bigger danger remains real for Trump.