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Trump Accuser Subpoenas Campaign Documents

Dec. 21, 2016, photo, President-elect Donald Trump (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

A woman who claims Donald Trump sexually assaulted her has subpoenaed his campaign for documents relating to other women who might have made similar accusations.

Trump has denied the incident took place and is fighting the subpoena.

The Hill:

A woman who has accused President Trump of groping her in 2007 is subpoenaing his campaign for any documents on “any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately,” BuzzFeed News reported Sunday.

The woman, Summer Zervos, is a former contestant on Trump’s reality show, “The Apprentice.”

Her subpoena requests “all documents concerning any accusations that were made during Donald J. Trump’s election campaign for president, that he subjected any woman to unwanted sexual touching and/or sexually inappropriate behavior.”

The subpoena was filed in March but not available on the court record until last month, BuzzFeed reported.

Zervos went public with her claims last October, ahead of the presidential election. Trump denied the allegations.

She was one of eleven women to come forward and accuse Trump of sexual harassment or assault in the weeks after an “Access Hollywood” tape revealed Trump bragging about grabbing women.

Zervos filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump in January, just days before his inauguration.

“On Nov. 11, 2016, I called on Mr. Trump to retract his statements about me calling me a liar. I also called upon him to state that what I said about his behavior toward me was true,” Zervos said at a press conference at the time.

“More than two months have gone by and he has not issued that retraction. I wanted to give Mr. Trump the opportunity to retract his false statements about me and the other women who came forward.”

Trump’s lawyer pushed to dismiss Zervos’s lawsuit in July. His lawyers claimed that a Supreme Court decision that found presidents could be sued while in office didn’t apply because the decision only applied to federal lawsuits.

We already know there were several other women who accused Donald Trump of inappropriate touching so it appears Zervos is looking for accusations not found in media reports. I have no doubt that accusers were coming out of the woodwork during the campaign, but how many of the incidents actually happened is open to question.

What I want to know is if anyone put Zervos up to the subpoena. The papers were filed long before the Harvey Weinstein accusations so it’s not pushback from Democrats on that score. But it could still be a Democratic operation designed to embarrass Trump.

Or, it could be a woman who was a genuine victim of sexual assault seeking justice against her attacker, who has called her a liar.