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New York CNN  — 

Three federal appeals court judges quizzed lawyers for E. Jean Carroll, the Justice Department and former President Donald Trump on Friday to determine the fate of Carroll’s defamation lawsuit against Trump.

The judges asked whether Trump’s response to Carroll’s rape allegations went well beyond the contours of his employment and whether the case should be sent to a local Washington, DC, court to determine the question of whether the President was acting within the scope of his job under DC law.

The case centers on Trump’s legal argument, which was backed by Trump and Biden Justice Department leaders, that he was acting in his official duties when he responded to reporters’ questions Carroll’s 2019 book. Trump denied her claim that he raped her in a New York department store in the mid-1990s and went on to say she wasn’t his type and that she made the allegation to boost sales of her book.