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Trump’s lawyers: Smearing sex assault accusers as liars is protected political speech

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President Donald Trump’s legal team has made a novel argument against charges of defamation, said Bloomberg News on Wednesday, claiming Trump’s refutation of charges he harassed and assaulted multiple women as “campaign speech.”

In 2016, more than a dozen women came forward to say they’d been subject to unwanted sexually advances, groping, inappropriate touching and forcible kissing by Trump.

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Summer Zervos — a former contestant on Trump’s reality TV game show “The Apprentice” — sued Trump in January on claims that he defamed her when he denied accusations that he groped her on set.

Trump’s lawyers maintain that the remarks were made in the context of the presidential race and fall under First Amendment protections as campaign speech.

“Ms. Zervos cannot hold the president liable for engaging in political speech in the context of a public debate because such speech is clearly protected by the First Amendment,” said Trump’s legal team in a court filing Tuesday. “Political statements in political contexts are non-actionable political opinion.”

The president’s lawyers claim that Zervos v. Trump is a politically-motivated suit brought when Ms. Zervos was unable to secure a position within the nascent Trump administration.

In October, Zervos’ attorney Gloria Allred subpoenaed “all documents concerning any accusations that were made during Donald J. Trump’s election campaign for president, that he subjected any woman to unwanted sexual touching and/or sexually inappropriate behavior.”

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BUSTED: Cops fired for framing Stormy Daniels reportedly arrested on federal corruption charges

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On Tuesday, the Scioto Valley Guardian reported that two former Columbus police officers for the vice unit have been arrested on a number of federal charges.

Ex-Officers Steven Rosser and Whitney Lancaster are the same officers who allegedly conspired to frame porn star Stormy Daniels, who became a national name after suing to get out of a nondisclosure agreement negotiated by President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen to bury the story of Trump's sexual affair with her.

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Authorities searching for spring breakers who flew from Cabo on private plane with 28 COVID-19 victims

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Texas authorities are on the lookout for a group of spring breakers who returned from Cabo San Lucas testing positive for the coronavirus.

According to Alyssa Goard at KXAN News, public health officials announced Tuesday that about a week and a half ago, about 70 students in their 20's flew back to the United States on a chartered plane while others used commercial flights. There are 28 youth from the trip who have tested positive for COVID-19.

"Austin Public Health and UT Health Austin and University Health Services have made contact with every spring breaker onboard the plane using flight manifest from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The 28 confirmed cases are self-isolating at this time. Others are under quarantine while being monitored and tested. The Department of State Health Services has been notified.

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Never Trump conservative strategist punches back at Laura Ingraham for saying he’s ‘hoping for calamity’

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On Tuesday, Fox News host Laura Ingraham lashed out at former GOP strategist and Never Trump conservative Steve Schmidt for criticizing President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic, accusing him of "hoping for calamity."

Another irrelevant NeverTrump former Republican “strategist” who sounds like he’s hoping for calamity. https://t.co/JrII3n4EkH

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 31, 2020

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