Lost among the nuclear war tweets, paper towel throwing, and general disgrace that has been the Trump Administration was a seemingly unnoticed subpoena and a legal motion from Summer Zervos and her legal team as part of a larger lawsuit against Trump.
Zervos was a former contestant on Trump’s reality show, The Apprentice. In October of 2016, Zervos accused Trump of kissing and groping her during a 2007 meeting at his bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel to discuss a potential employment opportunity. When Zervos’ accusations became public weeks before the 2016 election, Trump called the accusation a lie. Zervos subsequently sued Trump for defamation, and the aforementioned subpoena requests preservation all documents it had about Zervos and at least nine other women who have accused Trump of groping them. Trump has until October 31 to file a response to the motion.
“All documents concerning anyone connected to Summer Zervos, including without limitation her attorney, Gloria Allred, and/or any of Ms. Zervos’s relatives or friends. All documents concerning Jessica Leeds, Mindy McGillivray, Rachel Crooks, Natasha Stoynoff, Temple Taggart, Kristin Anderson, Cathy Heller, Jill Harth, Jessica Drake, or any woman alleging that Donald Trump touched her inappropriately. All documents concerning any of Donald J. Trump’s statements that Summer Zervos fabricated, created, or lied about her interactions with him, or was motivated to come forward by fame, money, politics, or pressure from the Clinton campaign, or his statement that he never met Ms. Zervos at a hotel or greeted her inappropriately.”
In 2005, Trump was recorded saying he regularly engages in such sexual assaults while talking with former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush about women aboard a bus on the set of Days of Our Lives.
For those on impeachment watch, it would take an act of “treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors” for Trump to be removed from office. Both the House and Senate would need to find such an act to proceed with articles of impeachment.
No sitting President has been impeached for sexual assault. In 1998, the House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton, under charges of lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstruction of justice. Paula Jones and her attorneys sued Clinton for sexual harassment, however, the actual impeachment charges were related to Clinton’s grand jury testimony and not Jones’ accusations nor Clinton’s consensual affair with Monica Lewinsky. In February of 1999 Clinton was acquitted on both perjury charges. Clinton settled with Jones out of court.