Trump Defamation Case To Move Forward As Family Brand Sinks

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It’s not often that a sitting president is called on to answer for 26 separate allegations of sexual harassment, assault, and even rape. In fact, it’s never happened before the presidency of Donald J. Trump.

In the ongoing defamation case in which columnist E. Jean Carroll says that Trump defamed her by accusing her of lying and being motivated by money and politics when she accused him of raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the 1990s. While Trump attempted to delay the case, a common tactic used by the now-former president in lawsuits and other court cases, discovery in the case has been agreed upon and is set to resume with a deadline of November 16, 2022.

According to CNBC:

‘The agreement sets the stage for the possible testing of a DNA sample from Trump. Carroll’s lawyers want to compare his DNA to a stain containing male DNA that is on a dress that she has said she saved from the day of the alleged attack.’

Trump had also commonly appealed any move to demand his participation in court cases, blocking depositions and appealing decisions that require him to turn over documents or other evidence. To avoid this, Carroll’s lawyer is set to move ahead without his participation and says she’s not intimidated by Trump’s legal strategies.

‘Carroll’s lawyer Roberta Kaplan said in February that she would not seek to take a deposition from Trump before a possible trial, in order to avoid further delay in the case.

‘Roberta Kaplan, who is not related to the case’s judge, said at the time that she is “perfectly happy” to question Trump on the witness stand at trial.’

Trump’s tactics prior to finally agreeing to resume discovery have included an attempt to countersue Carroll for what he says is defamation due to her allegation that Trump raped her. A judge disdainfully threw out that filing, not falling for the delay tactic.

‘The filing comes after Judge Kaplan in March denied Trump permission to countersue and seek financial damages from Carroll. In a scathing decision, he said there was good reason to believe Trump’s request was a delaying tactic to further stall the case.’