Trump Subpoenaed By Alleged Groping Victim

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A woman has subpoenaed all documents from President Donald Trump's campaign dealing with “any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately.”

The subpoena was originally issued by Summer Zervos in March, but entered into the court file in September, BuzzFeed News reported.

Zervos, who was a former contestant on Trump’s reality television show "The Apprentice," accused the then-presidential candidate of groping her when she went to his bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007 to discuss a potential job opening in the Trump organization.

Zervos made the accusation in October 2016. Trump denied the accusations, which prompted Zervos to sue him for defamation. Her attorneys then served a subpoena on Trump's campaign, asking that it preserve all documents it had about her.

The attorneys additionally asked for "all documents" pertaining to other women who had made similar accusations against Trump. Those women include: Jessica Leeds, Mindy McGillivray, Rachel Crooks, Natasha Stoynoff, Temple Taggart, Kristin Anderson, Cathy Heller, Jill Harth, and Jessica Drake.

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The subpoena seeks “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.”

Trump denied all allegations at the time in a tweet.

"Nothing ever happened with any of these women," Trump tweeted on Oct. 15, 2016. "Totally made up nonsense to steal the election. Nobody has more respect for women than me!"

Zervos’ attorneys, which include high-profile lawyer Gloria Allred, were able to file the subpoena in September as part of a motion disputing a contention from Trump’s legal team that her subpoena was too broad.

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Trump's legal team has sought to have the lawsuit dismissed or, at the very least, delayed until he is out of office. His attorneys argue that he is protected from civil lawsuits in state court while occupying the Oval Office.

The president's lawyers also argue that the entire lawsuit is politically motivated and that Allred is using it to make a case for impeachment. They added that the subpoena is "far-reaching" and "seeks wholly irrelevant information intended solely to harass the president."

Zervos' lawyers have since denied that accusation, and provided the subpoena as evidence. Trump will have to respond to Zervos' motion by Oct. 31, according to Allred.

“We are hopeful that the court will deny President Trump’s motion to dismiss, so that we may move forward with discovery and obtain relevant documents and testimony," Allred said in a statement.

Sources: BuzzFeed News, Donald J. Trump/Twitter / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Michael Vadon/Flickr, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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