Tuesday's HOT MIC

Tuesday's HOT MIC

I thought Clinton v. Jones was a dumb decision in 1997, and now the blowback is here:

A Manhattan Supreme Court judge has ruled that President Trump's job in the White House does not give him immunity from a defamation lawsuit filed against him by former "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos.

“In Clinton v Jones the United States Supreme Court held that a sitting president is not immune from being sued in federal court for unofficial acts,” Justice Jennifer Schecter wrote in a ruling released Tuesday, according to the New York Post. “It left open the question of whether concerns of federalism and comity compel a different conclusion for suits brought in state court. Because they do not, defendant’s motion to dismiss this case or hold it in abeyance is denied."

Civil suits like this really ought to wait until the president -- any president-- is out of office. Justice John Paul Stevens wrote at the time:

"...it appears to us highly unlikely to occupy any substantial amount of petitioner's [Clinton's] time."

We all know how well that worked out.