Ex-aide drops mis­con­duct suit against Trump

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WASH­ING­TON — A staffer on Don­ald Trump’s 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign is drop­ping a law­suit that ac­cused him of kiss­ing her with­out her con­sent at a small gath­er­ing of sup­port­ers be­fore a Florida rally.

A fed­eral judge dis­missed Alva John­son’s law­suit in June, call­ing it a “po­lit­i­cal state­ment,” but said she could file a re­vised com­plaint ac­cus­ing Trump of sim­ple bat­tery. John­son said in a state­ment Thurs­day that she will not pur­sue the case, say­ing the pres­i­dent has “un­lim­ited re­sources and a ju­di­cial sys­tem that has so far refused to hold him ac­count­able.”

In the law­suit, John­son ac­cused Trump of grab­bing her hand and lean­ing in to kiss her on the lips as he ex­ited an RV out­side a cam­paign rally in Tampa on Aug. 24, 2016. John­son said she turned her head and the kiss landed on the side of her mouth, and also de­scribed feel­ing an­guish.

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