US Politics

Trump stripped of legal immunities, vulnerable to being sued

Move has all but assured E Jean Carroll’s civil case against the former president will go to trial in January.

Donald Trump was previously protected by the Westfall Act, which bars civil suits against employees of the federal government over claims that relate to their official duties. Picture: Getty

Donald Trump is now vulnerable to being sued by E Jean Carroll after the US Justice Department (DOJ) reversed a crucial opinion seeking to protect the former president from the writer’s civil case against him.

The move has all but assured the matter will go to trial in January.

The U-turn from the Biden administration, outlined in a letter filed in a Manhattan federal court on Tuesday, determined that Trump no longer qualifies for government-employee ...