Summer Zervos is the woman who has sued Trump. She is a former contestant on “The Apprentice.” Summer accused President Trump of groping her in 2007. Summer asserted her claims of harassment before the presidential election, in October of 2016. Trump denied the claims and called Zervos a “LIAR”.
Zervos went public with her claims last October, ahead of the presidential election. Trump denied the allegations. Zervos filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump in January, just days before his inauguration. The suit was filed after Summer called upon Trump to retract his statements about her. She asked that Trump admit that her allegations were true. Trump never admitted that the allegations were true.
Now, Trump is probably wishing that he had issued a retraction. Summer is subpoenaing Trump’s campaign records for any documents on “any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately,” BuzzFeed News reported Sunday.
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.”
While it is unclear whether the Trump organization will produce or destroy relevant documents, there must surely have been a time when such documents existed. Too many women have accused Trump of inappropriate touching to believe that someone on the campaign wasn’t charged with refuting those allegations.
We can assume there were documents about these claims. The real question is whether they still exist and whether the attorneys for Trump will conveniently lose them, or not be able to find them before they are destroyed. Gloria Allred may have asked for the documents as a test to see if the records have been destroyed. She might have a copy of an e-mail that was sent, and this is a test to see if the Trump campaign is destroying records.
Usually the person asking for records would have 30 days to respond, or file objections, and a motion and hearing would be necessary before we’d really know anything. However the clock is ticking!