Opinion| Kirsters Baish| ICYMI| Lawyers representing President Donald Trump revealed a damning 15-second video clip on Wednesday that they state proves that former Trump campaign staffer Alva Johnson, who claimed that Trump forcibly kissed her, lied.
The Daily Caller reports, “Alva Johnson, who worked on the campaign’s voter outreach team, sued Trump on Feb. 25 for battery and discrimination based on her race and gender. Johnson, who is black, said Trump forcibly kissed her in a campaign RV during a stop in Florida on Aug. 24, 2016.”
Personal lawyer to the President, Charles Harder, explained that video footage caught on a cellphone which shows the exchange between Johnson and the President disprove her salacious claim.
“The Video proves that Plaintiff has no legitimate claim for battery. It also proves that Plaintiff and her counsel have lied repeatedly to this Court,” Harder wrote, whose Wednesday court filing looks to block the former campaign staffer’s request to depose the President.
According to the Daily Caller, Politico was first to report on the filing.
Johnson claimed in her initial lawsuit that Trump had “grasped her hand and did not let go.”
“[H]e tightened his grip on Ms. Johnson’s hand and leaned towards her. He moved close enough that she could feel his breath on her skin,” the lawsuit stated.
Johnson then said that she “suddenly realized that Defendant Trump was trying to kiss her on the mouth, and attempted to avoid this by turning her head to the right. Defendant Trump kissed her anyway, and the kiss landed on the corner of her mouth.”
According to the Daily Caller, “Johnson’s story was picked up by numerous news outlets, including The Washington Post and New Yorker. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes also interviewed an emotional Johnson a day after the lawsuit was filed. Hayes drew comparisons between Johnson’s allegations and the infamous ‘Access Hollywood’ tape released on Oct. 7, 2016 that shows Trump speaking of grabbing women by the genitals and forcibly kissing them.”
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Harder stated that clip of the exchange shows “an innocent moment between a dedicated campaign staffer and the candidate for whom she was working.”
Via the Daily Caller:
The video, which was recorded by Brian Hayes, a campaign volunteer, shows Trump among a group that included Johnson, campaign workers, law enforcement officers and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
As Trump appears to be speaking to an unidentified man, Johnson is heard off camera telling Trump that she had been “away from my family for eight months for you.”
Trump turns toward Johnson and places his hands on her shoulders, while kissing her lightly on her right cheek.
Johnson smiled and said, “Eight months for you.”
“We’re going to get you in the White House and I’ll see you in February,” she adds.
Johnson, who sought a job in the Trump White House, confirmed during a deposition Monday that the incident on video is the one she described in her lawsuit.