Court Rejects Trump’s Attempt to Squash Summer Zervos Defamation Case

fA New York appeals court rejected President Donald Trump’s third attempt to squash a defamation case brought by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos this Thursday, according to ABC News. After Zervos accused the president of groping and kissing her without her consent in 2007, Trump called Zervos a liar and denied her claims, which sparked the 2017 defamation suit in question. The New York Court of Appeals dismissed Trump’s attempt on procedural grounds, ruling that the appeal is premature. Trump’s team, on the other hand, insists that the state court does not have jurisdiction and predicts that the case will reach the Supreme Court. “The Court of Appeals did not address the merits of the issue at stake here,” a spokesperson for the president’s attorney, Marc Kasowitz, said in a statement cited by ABC.“Namely, that, under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, state courts do not have jurisdiction over a sitting President.” Mariann Wang, Zervos’ attorney, said in a statement that “New York’s highest court has rejected Defendant’s motion for a stay.” “This is now the third time the courts have rejected Defendant’s effort to block the progress of this case,” she added. “We look forward to continuing the discovery process and exposing the truth.”