Trump Lawyers Cast Statements at Heart of Defamation Case as Mere 'Rhetoric'
A lawyer for President Donald Trump argued before a state judge in Manhattan on Tuesday that Trump's denial of accusations by a former contestant on “The Apprentice” that Trump groped her a decade ago—which she had announced publicly a few weeks before the 2016 election—amounted to fiery campaign rhetoric, and could not therefore be construed as defamatory.
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A lawyer for President Donald Trump argued before a state judge in Manhattan on Tuesday that Trump’s denial of accusations by a former contestant on “The Apprentice” that Trump groped her a decade ago—which she had announced publicly a few weeks before the 2016 election—amounted to fiery campaign rhetoric, and could not therefore be construed as defamatory.
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