FIRST AIRED: March 3, 2018

Nice work! Enjoy the show!

×

You’re busy. We get it.

Stay on top of the news with our Editor’s Picks newsletter.

US Edition
Intl. Edition
Unsubscribe at any time. One click, it’s gone.

Thanks for signing up!

×

Transcript

00:00:01
>> Summer Zervos is waiting to learn whether or not she can sue the President of the United States. She's one of more than a dozen women who stepped forward to accuse Donald Trump of sexual harassment during the 2016 presidential race.>> He put me in an embrace, and I tried to push him away.
00:00:19
You do not have the right to treat women as sexual objects just because you are a star.>> It's one, big, ugly lie!>> Trump hit back, calling her and his other accusers liars.>> Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign.>> I called on Mr. Trump to retract his statements about me, calling me a liar.
00:00:41
>> Zervos, once a contestant on Trump's reality TV show, The Apprentice, says these attacks on her character harmed her career.>> He has therefore left me with no alternative other than to sue him in order to vindicate my reputation.>> And, any day now, a New York judge is expected to rule on whether or not Zervos has a case and can sue the president for defamation in state court.
00:01:06
Trump's lawyers want the judge to dismiss the lawsuit. Reuters legal correspondent, Brandon Pearson.>> Normally, just denying an allegation against you is not considered to be defamation against the person making the allegation. That's something courts have said a lot.>> These attacks are orchestrated by the Clinton's and their media allies.
00:01:26
>> Now if you go further and kind of go out of your way to attack the person making the allegation.>> Some are doing it for probably a little fame. They get some free fame.>> That could be defamation, but I think what Trump's lawyer are arguing here is that it's within the bounds of what you might expect from a candidate during a campaign.
00:01:47
And that is just not enough of an attack on this woman to give rise to a legal claim for defamation.>> Trump's lawyers also say that a New York state court has no jurisdiction over the President of the United States. Allegations of sexual misconduct began to flood in during the last months of the 2016 campaign after the Washington Post published part of a recording where Trump bragged about grabbing women's genitals and saying, quote, when you're a star, they let you do it.
00:02:15
There is precedent for suing a president in civil court. Paula Jones sued Bill Clinton for sexual harassment in 1994. The case was settled out of court. But it was in a deposition in the Paula Jones case that Clinton denied a sexual affair with White House Intern, Monica Lewinsky.
00:02:33
That lie led an investigator to allege Clinton committed perjury, and to his subsequent impeachment. Falsehoods given under oath can put anyone, even a president, in real jeopardy.