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Donald Trump and E. Jean Carroll President Donald Trump (left) and E. Jean Carroll. Photos: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM and Seth Wenig/AP

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan of the Southern District of New York on Tuesday rejected a motion from the federal government to substitute itself for President Donald Trump as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit, holding that Trump is not a government employee within the meaning of the Federal Tort Claims Act.

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Jane Wester

Jane Wester is a litigation reporter for the New York Law Journal. Email her at [email protected] or find her on Twitter @janewester.

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