As much of the world no doubt recalls, Trump was recorded in 2005 bragging about committing sexual assaults. The Republican said, among other things, that he kisses women he considers attractive – “I don’t even wait,” Trump claimed at the time – which he said he can get away with because of his public profile.
“When you’re a star, they let you do it,” Trump said on the recording. “You can do anything. Grab ‘em by the p—y.”
After Trump denied having done what he bragged about doing, more than a few women came forward to accuse the Republican of sexual misconduct – one of whom, Summer Zervos, is currently suing the president for defamation, after Trump insisted each of his accusers were liars.
The Washington Post reported that Trump, unable to make the case go away, will now have to answer questions in the case under oath.
President Trump will provide written answers under oath in the defamation lawsuit brought by former "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos, who claims Trump sexually assaulted her in 2007, a new court filing stated.
Lawyers for Trump and Zervos agreed this week to exchange "written answers and objections" to formal written questions by Sept. 28, according to a document filed Friday with the New York State Supreme Court. Rules in New York state require interrogatories to be sworn or verified, according to a source familiar with the system, meaning that false answers could open Trump to charges of perjury.
It's those last nine words that are of particular interest. Trump apparently won't have to give verbal testimony -- a setting in which the president, given what we know of his tendencies, is far more likely to lie -- but the written Q&A should help move the case along.
Indeed, with the deadline just 18 days away, we should expect to see the next steps in the process unfold fairly quickly.
All of which leads to the latest developments in one of the other related presidential controversies. In the Stormy Daniels scandal, NBC News reported: