With the Supreme Court ruling 7-2 last week that a sitting president can indeed be compelled to provide information relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation, Donald Trump may soon be turning over more than his tax returns, and that could wind up be an even bigger problem that what’s to be found in his finances.
Bloomberg reports that a rape allegation against Trump will also likely be moving forward in the weeks ahead:
“E. Jean Carroll, who went public with her claims last year and sued Trump after he called her a liar, is fighting his request to delay her case. She said Friday in a filing in New York state court that her suit falls under the precedent established by the Supreme Court when it ruled that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance was entitled to see Trump’s tax returns and other financial records as part of a grand jury investigation.”
Even though it’s unlikely that Trump would have to testify in the rape case until he leaves office, Carroll claims to have a sample of the president’s DNA from the alleged assault that she says took place in the mid-1990s. Carroll has petitioned for Trump to provide a sample of his DNA to be compared to the one she possess. And the ruling in Trump v. Vance may all but guarantee that the president will be compelled to provide evidence in the form of a mouth swab.
Carroll’s lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, says Trump has delayed the case long enough and should not be granted any further delay in the court proceedings:
“Trump argued that state and federal courts are completely different for purposes of assessing presidential immunity. However, the United States Supreme Court resoundingly rejected the central premises of that argument yesterday by a vote of 7-2 in Trump v. Vance.”
Now that it has been clearly established by the Supreme Court that no president has “absolute immunity” as the president’s attorneys tried to assert, there’s a better than even chance that Carroll will indeed get her day in court.