(PatriotWise) – Last Wednesday, former President Donald Trump was deposed in the defamation case brought against him by former Elle magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll, who accused Trump of raping her in the 1990s.
Trump’s lawyers had repeatedly tried to delay the proceedings. But according to a spokesperson for Carroll’s lawyers, the former president appeared as scheduled. However, Carroll’s attorneys would not say anything further about Trump’s deposition.
In a statement after Trump’s deposition, his attorney Alina Habba said the former president “was pleased to set the record straight today.” Habba called the case “nothing more than a political ploy like many others in the long list of witch hunts.”
Carroll is suing Trump claiming he defamed her when he cast doubt on her credibility and demeaned her appearance, including in an interview with The Hill in 2019 when Trump accused Carroll of “totally lying” and said she was “not my type.”
Trump’s lawyers have argued that his statements are covered by federal law that gives broad legal immunity to government employees. A federal appeals court agreed with Trump’s lawyers on this argument, handing the former president a partial victory in the case.
But the fate of the lawsuit could rest on a pending local court decision in Washington, DC, which was asked to decide whether Trump had been acting “outside the scope” of his presidency under DC employment law while making the statements about Carroll. Carroll’s attorneys revealed Trump’s scheduled deposition in a September 30 filing in that court case.
Carroll also plans to file an additional lawsuit against Trump next month for the alleged sexual assault once a new law takes effect in New York State. The new law will grant individuals a one-year window to bring forward sexual offense complaints that had previously been barred by the state’s statute of limitations.
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