The former president faces another New York trial that will determine how much in damages is owed to writer E. Jean Carroll. A decision could come by the end of the month.
New York Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan said Trump's claim had no merit and that Carroll's statements repeating the claim that Trump had raped her were "substantially true" given a jury's verdict.
The move reverses course on one of the Justice Department's most controversial decisions during the early stretch of the Biden administration.
Former President Trump answered questions under oath Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by E. Jean Carroll, a magazine columnist who says he raped her in the mid-1990s in a department store dressing room.