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NBC News 9 Sep 2020

Barr Defends DOJ Move To Back Trump In Lawsuit


Attorney General Barr explained the Department of Justice's decision to represent President Trump in a lawsuit brought by E. Jean Carroll, who claimed he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s.

Attorney General William Barr said a federal law allows the Justice Department to defend President Trump in a lawsuit filed by E. Jean Carroll. "The normal process was followed in this particular case," Barr told NBC News' Pete Williams.
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