US President Joe Biden’s administration has moved to defend his predecessor, Donald Trump, in a defamation case put by a woman who accuses him of rape.

It is filing an appeal – the Department of Justice lost a bid to defend Mr Trump while he was still president.

The new administration argued that it should represent Mr Trump as nearly everything he said and did as president was a matter of government action.

Columnist E. Jean Carroll accuses Mr Trump of assaulting her in the 1990s.

In the lawsuit filed in 2019, she argues the now ex-president defamed her when he denied her claim and said she was “totally lying”.

However, Mr Trump has publicly denied the allegation against him several times.