“The president strongly believes in the independence of the Department of Justice,” Psaki said. “We were not consulted. The White House was not consulted, I should say more specifically, by the Department of Justice on the decision to file this brief or its contents.”
Journalist E. Jean Carroll had sued Trump while he was president, claiming that he lied about an encounter he had with her in a New York department store in the 1990s. Carroll claimed that Trump raped her, while he denied the claim.
In October, a lower court ruled that the Justice Department could not intervene in Carroll’s lawsuit, with the judge concluding that it “concerned an alleged sexual