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Bill Clinton impeachment case may help woman sue President Trump

A former “Apprentice” contestant who claims President Trump groped her has enlisted three legal eagles who cleared a path for President Clinton’s impeachment.

Attorneys for Summer Zervos sought a judge’s approval Tuesday to file a brief by University of Michigan Law School Professor Richard Primus, and Justin Florence and Larry Schwartztol, of The Protect Democracy Project.

The trio of experts filed a brief in the landmark Supreme Court case, Clinton v. Jones, 20 years ago.

Trump’s attorneys have argued he is immune from civil suits filed in state court while he is in the Oval Office.

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The law professors countered that Clinton v. Jones — which found that a president must respond to civil litigation filed in federal court — also applies to suits in state court. The case led to the revelation that Clinton had a relationship with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern. The discovery led to Clinton’s impeachment.

“No one in our nation is above the law, not even the President,” they wrote.

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Trump’s attorneys have argued he is immune from civil suits filed in state court while he is in the Oval Office.

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“There is simply no evidence that permitting plaintiffs to file civil suits against sitting Presidents brings on floods of burdensome litigation.”

Zervos, who appeared on the fifth season of “The Apprentice,” sued Trump in January, three days before he was sworn in as President. She alleged he smeared her as a liar while on the campaign trail after she went public with allegations he “kissed her on the mouth repeatedly” without consent, “touched her breast” and “pressed his genitals up against her” during meetings in Beverly Hills in 2007.

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Trump countered that “every woman lied” when they came forward during the campaign with allegations of harassment against him.

“No one is arguing that the President is ‘above the law,’” said Trump attorney Marc Kasowitz. “Rather, as numerous other law professors have argued, and as the United States Supreme Court itself has recognized, the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution bars the states from hearing cases against a President — but only while the President is in office. Any other result would lead to unworkable and intolerable interference with the President’s ability to carry out his critical duties under the Constitution.”

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