Ex-President Donald Trump appeared Wednesday in a deposition to answer questions regarding the defamation suit brought by E. Jean Carroll, a former columnist for The New York Times.
A federal judge granted Trump’s testimony permission last week. He stated that Trump had already taken steps to delay the case and that he “shouldn’t be able to stop the clock.”
“We are pleased that we were able, on behalf of E. Jean Carroll (our client), to take Donald Trump’s deposition today. “We are unable to comment further,” stated a spokesperson from Kaplan Hecker & Fink who represented Carroll.
Trump’s lawyers have yet to respond to our request for comment.
It is unclear what Trump said during his deposition at the Mar-a-Lago resort.
After denying her claim that Trump raped Carroll in a New York department shop in the mid-1990s, Carroll sued Trump for defamation. Last Friday, she was due to take her deposition.
Trump’s legal issues were raised recently when Carroll stated that she will sue him next month. This is according to a New York State law which allows victims of sexual assault to sue for years after the attack. In a future case, his testimony in the defamation suit could be used.
For over a year, the defamation case was in legal limbo.
Trump and the Justice Department claimed that Trump was a federal worker and that Carroll’s statements were merely responses to questions from reporters while he was at the White House. They suggested that the Justice Department should be replaced as a defendant because the government can’t be sued for defamation.
Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled in favor of Trump and the DOJ. They appealed. They appealed.
The federal appeals court requested that the Washington, DC, appeals court determine whether Trump was acting within his employment scope when he made the allegedly offensive statements. The DC court could find in Trump’s favor and substitute the Justice Department as a defendant. The DC appeals court is yet to take up the case and it’s unclear when or if they will.
Trump was required by a New York State judge this year to take a deposition before the New York attorney General’s office. Trump refused to answer questions citing his Fifth Amendment right to self-incrimination.
The New York Attorney General’s Office filed a $250 Million lawsuit against Trump, his oldest children, and the Trump Organization. It was filed for defrauding lenders as well as insurers by filing false financial statements. Trump denied any wrongdoing and claimed the lawsuit was politically motivated.
Civil cases allow the jury to infer an adverse conclusion against a person if they refuse to answer questions.
Trump took part in a deposition last year for a civil suit brought by protestors who claimed that they were hurt outside Trump Tower during his first presidential campaign. He will also be testifying in a civil lawsuit relating to a marketing campaign at the end of the month.