On Friday, writer E. Jean Carroll, who has revealed a story of sexual assault perpetrated by Donald Trump, publicly called out the outgoing president on Twitter, spotlighting the hollowness of Trump’s so-called defense in a defamation case that Carroll brought against him. Throughout the proceedings, Trump and his legal team have worked feverishly to try and essentially draw the case to a close. At a Friday hearing, Carroll’s attorney Joshua Matz said that Trump’s tactics reek of “desperation” and “fear.”
On Twitter this Friday, Carroll commented as follows:
‘For a man who denies he sexually assaulted me, [Donald Trump] is paying his lawyers an awful lot of money to shut me up & shut down my case. Today my attorney, [Joshua Matz], chopped them into tiny tiny tiny shreds.’
For a man who denies he sexually assaulted me, @realDonaldTrump is paying his lawyers an awful lot of money to shut me up & shut down my case.
— E. Jean Carroll (@ejeancarroll) December 11, 2020
Recently, Trump’s legal team requested a complete halt to proceedings while Trump appeals federal Judge Lewis Kaplan’s denial of a Justice Department attempt to replace Trump as the plaintiff in the case. They want taxpayer-funded government resources to back up the defense in a case over Trump’s destructive personal behavior.
The Justice Department had argued that Trump made disparaging comments about Carroll in his official capacity as president, but Kaplan rejected this assertion. The judge insisted that to accept the Justice Department’s argument that the case concerned official matters and should therefore be under their purview “would require the Court to adopt a view that virtually everything the president does is within the public interest by virtue of his office.” Kaplan said that the Trump administration “provided no support for that theory” that the court would need to adopt in order to grant their demand.
Check out Twitter’s response to Carroll below: