E Jean Carroll is one of about 26 women with highly credible accusations of serious sexual misconduct (of a nature that Trump has repeatedly bragged about, in the “grab ’em by the p@$$y” video and repeatedly on Howard Stern’s radio show, so it is not a question of he said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, it is more like he said and all the women said that he actually did what he bragged about.
Ms Carroll is particularly credible and especially serious (forcible rape, including penetration), because she was a high level, well-established, highly-respected New York advice columnist. He story is corroborated by numerous people she told AT THE TIME and her story has never changed. We already know that Trump is lying about this incident, because he says that he did not know Ms Carroll and had never even met her. Yet there are photos of them together, proving Trump to be a liar in this matter. Most damning for Trump, SHE HAS PHYSICAL EVIDENCE.
Ms Carroll notes that she saved the dress she wore that day and has never washed it. The court has ordered Trump (as it did to Bill Clinton) to provide a DNA sample.
Trump’s defense against Ms Carroll’s defamation lawsuit is that, when he publicly accused her of lying (thus the defamation case), that he was acting within the course and scope of his official position as president of the United States.
So now, William Barr, as attorney general, is taking over the case because now, all of a sudden, the defendant is the United States government.
This is a frivolous attempt, and obviously Barr knows it will fail (unless Trump’s court packing pays off with a truly bizarre ruling), but he just wants to stall long enough to avoid having a DNA sample provided before election day.