An angry Trump says “I’d love to” after a judge threatens to remove him from the E. Jean Carroll defamation trial
The judge presides E. Jean Carroll‘s Damages trial In New York, the federal court warned the former president Donald Trump on Wednesday that he might be barred from the courtroom for complaining loudly and energetically to his attorney during Carroll’s testimony about how he repeatedly defamed her.
US District Judge Lewis Kaplan told Trump and his lawyers after the jury hearing that “Mr. Trump has a right to be here. That right can be forfeited, and it can be forfeited if he conducts vandalism” and “if he ignores court orders.” He has left the courtroom.
“Mr. Trump, I hope I don’t have to think about excluding you from the trial. I understand that you are very anxious for me to do that,” Kaplan said.
Trump responded: “I would love it. I would love it.”
“I know you will, because you can’t seem to control yourself in these circumstances. You can’t,” Kaplan responded before an angry Trump threw his hands in the air. “Neither can you,” Trump said.
Trump returned to court after lunch and posted two Attacks against Kaplan on his social media platform, Truth Social, around the same time, calling him an “angry and hostile Clinton-appointed judge.” He added: “It is arbitrary, rude, and clearly not neutral, but this is how this crooked system works!” He said in one of the posts.
In another post shortly after, Trump said Kaplan “should be punished for his abuse of power – no wonder our country is going to hell!” “This is a bad man. He’s a bad judge. He’s a man who hates Trump,” he told reporters after court.
Trump, who was convicted last year of sexual assault and… Defamation Carroll appeared visibly upset throughout Carroll’s testimony.
Carroll, 80, told the jury: “I am here because Donald Trump assaulted me, and when I wrote about it, he lied and destroyed my reputation.”
Trump repeatedly shook his head angrily and made comments to his lawyers throughout Carroll’s testimony. At one point, Kaplan asked Trump’s lawyer to sit down after he denied her objection. Trump slammed the table and remarked to his lawyer, “Bad guy,” in an apparent reference to the judge.
During the morning break, Carroll’s attorney, Sean Crowley, told Kaplan that Trump was making comments out loud, saying some of the statements were “false” and making cracks about Carroll’s memory.
Before the jury returns, Kaplan said, “I will ask Mr. Trump to take special care to keep his voice low when he conferred with counsel so that the jury will not overhear him.”
The request was not taken. When the jury opened for lunch, Crowley told the judge that Trump continued his commentary and that some jurors may have heard him say “this is a really dodgy job” and “it’s a witch hunt.”
This led to a falling out with Kaplan.
After the two sides returned from lunch, one of Trump’s lawyers, Michael Madeo, complained to Kaplan that he had issued his warning to Trump “without giving us a moment to respond” to Carroll’s team’s claim that he was a subversive. Madaio told Kaplan that he had shown “general hostility toward the defense” and asked him to recuse himself from the case.
“Dismissed,” the judge said.
When Carroll stood up for the first time in the morning, she walked past Trump, who was sitting at the defense table, looking in a different direction. She testified that Trump repeatedly lied about her since 2019, when she first came forward with allegations that he sexually assaulted her in the locker room. At the Manhattan store In 1996.
She said she “expected him to respond” to her allegations when they first went public.
“I thought he was going to deny it and say it was consensual, which it wasn’t,” Carroll said. Instead, Trump said: “I have never met this woman in my life,” adding: “That is a lie.”
“He said I made it up to sell a book, which is a lie,” Carroll said. “He said my false accusations hurt the real victims of assault, which is a lie.” She said Trump, who was president at the time, declared that “people need to pay a heavy price” and “I paid as dearly as I could.”
Carroll said that Trump’s statements “ended the world I was living in,” adding that she found herself the target of hate attacks from his supporters via Twitter and other social media. “It happened instantly,” she said, with many of her attackers using Trump’s words.
“It was very unexpected, and the messages never stopped,” she said.
She added: “I receive them all the time, sometimes hundreds a day.” The jury was shown numerous threats she had received, many of which were accompanied by graphic threats of violence.
Her lawyer ended her direct questioning by showing Trump social media posts attacking Carroll on Tuesday, while he was in court.
“I want my reputation back,” Carroll said.
In questioning, Trump lawyer Alina Haba asked Carroll whether she had been called a liar online in the five hours between New York magazine publishing an article containing her accusations and Trump’s public comments. “Yes, because the White House denied it,” Carroll said in the New York article. Asked if she had filed a lawsuit against the White House over this denial, Carroll said: “No.”
Carroll admitted that she never reported the threats against her to police, and that she deleted a number of threatening messages until last year. I asked her out of love if she knew that it was her duty to preserve documents related to the case. “Yes; I didn’t realize responses were included in that,” she replied.
He then lovingly asked the judge to mistrial, as the witness “just admitted to deleting evidence.” “Dismissed. The jury will ignore everything Ms. Haba just said,” Kaplan replied.
Kaplan had berated Hapa all day for not following his orders and procedures. When she tried to read from a document in the afternoon that had not been entered into evidence, Kaplan told her they were going to take a break and “during that time you might want to refresh your memory on how you got a document.” to evidence.”
In opening statements Tuesday, Crowley told the jury that Trump “not only denied the assault” when Carroll broke her silence — “he went much further than that,” Crowley said. “He said he had no idea who she was. He accused her of lying and making up a story to make money and promote a political conspiracy against him. He threatened her. He said she should pay a heavy price for speaking out against him.”
She added: “Donald Trump was president when he made these statements, and he used the largest microphone in the world to attack Ms. Carroll, humiliate her, and destroy her reputation.”
Trump, 77, was convicted last year of sexually assaulting and defaming Carroll after he left the White House in a separate civil trial and suffered a fatal blow. Verdict: $5 million, which he resumes. Kaplan used this ruling to find it Trump is responsible for statements he made while he was president as well, so the jury in the current case will decide only how much damages to award.
Crowley noted that Trump has continued his attacks since the recent ruling, including his posts on Truth Social while in court.
“He sat in the courtroom this morning. And as he sat there, he posted more defamatory statements, more lies about Ms. Carroll and this case. By our count, by our last count, just 22 posts today. Think about that,” she said. “That’s when you think about how much money it would take to convince him to stop.”
After winning the Iowa caucuses on Monday, Trump was in court for jury selection on Tuesday but left before opening statements to attend a campaign rally in New Hampshire. The juxtaposition of his subdued courtroom appearances and his tumultuous campaign events is a harbinger of the year ahead. In addition to prosecuting Carol, he also… He faces four criminal trials and a verdict in a civil fraud trial This could destroy his real estate business as he seeks another term in the White House.
He denied attacking Carroll and stressed that the case was a “fiction.”
Haba told the jury in her opening on Tuesday that Trump’s legal team will show that Carroll should not receive any damages because “the evidence will show that Ms. Carroll’s reputation has not been harmed by President Trump’s statements. In fact, it is quite the opposite. She has gained more fame and reputation.” “It’s worse than she ever dreamed of.”
“She’s looking for you to give her a windfall because some people on social media said bad things about her. But in this day and age, the Internet always has something to say, and it’s not always going to be nice,” Haba added. .
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