Trump Set to Testify in E. Jean Carroll Case Wednesday

Former President donald trump is expected to be heard under oath in Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday in a libel case brought by the longtime Council columnist E. Jean Caroll. In her memoir, published three years ago, Carroll accused Trump of raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the mid-1990s. Trump denied the incident, claiming he had “never met that person in my life” (although an excerpt of Carroll’s account, published in new York magazine, included a photo of the author and Trump together at a 1987 party, like the New York Times noted). Trump also claimed Carroll “totally lied” and wasn’t his “type,” prompting Carroll to sue him for defamation in 2019. The Justice Department then intervened on behalf of the then-president, arguing that Trump allegedly made defamatory statements in his official capacity as president that would prevent him from being personally sued.

Since then, the lawsuit has been “in legal limbo,” as CNN reports, and a federal appeals court has yet to rule on an important part of the case. But last month, Carroll said she plans to sue the former president under a new New York law that would allow adult victims of sexual assault to sue regardless of the statute of limitations.” “Carroll’s attorneys acknowledged that it was unusual to have a judge and defendants of a pending lawsuit, but said they would do so in light of ongoing related litigation,” per CNN.

Trump’s testimony was set in motion last week when a federal judge found his attempt to delay the case “inexcusable” and noted that the process “has already been delayed for years.” added the judge. Whether the former president will actually answer questions on Wednesday remains to be seen; Back in August, NBC News reported that he invoked the Fifth Amendment nearly 450 times in a testimony with the New York Attorney General Letizia Jameswho is suing Trump for financial fraud in a case Trump has called a “witch hunt.”

When Trump left office in January 2021, Carroll wrote in vanity fair that she had warned the public that Trump would not take “no” for an answer from women long before he would not take “no” from America.” She specifically recalled the story of Jill Hartin which she writes that Trump’s presidency “would have been avoidable if everyone had just listened, and not just to me, but to the first woman to publicly accuse Trump of sexual assault two decades ago.” Trump Set to Testify in E. Jean Carroll Case Wednesday

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