Trump butts heads with judge during E. Jean Carroll case - MilectoTrump butts heads with judge during E. Jean Carroll case - Milecto

“I would love it,” Trump said to the judge’s threat to remove him.

During his defamation damages trial in New York City, former President Donald Trump had a heated argument with U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan. In response to the judge’s warning of possible removal from the courtroom, Trump said, “I would love it,” adding to the heated mood. The trial is focused on assessing whether Trump must pay further damages to E. Jean Carroll, a former Elle magazine contributor, for his 2019 rejection of her sexual assault charges.

A jury found Trump guilty of sexually abusing E. Jean Carroll in the dressing room of a Manhattan store in the 1990s, even though he didn’t show up to the trial last year. In a 2022 social media post, he called her claims “hoaxes and lies” and said, “This woman is not my type!” They also said he slandered her. The strain that was present during Wednesday’s events came to the fore early on Thursday. On Thursday, Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, made the defense’s third request to delay the trial. She wanted Trump to be at the funeral of Amalija Knavs, Melania Trump’s mother, who died last Tuesday after a long illness.

Habba begged Judge Kaplan, “Your honour, please show my client the compassion he or she deserves.” This offer came after the judge had turned down twice the defense’s requests to put off the trial to attend the funeral. Judge Kaplan spoke, stating, “Certainly, Ms. Habba, as per the Supreme Court of the United States, he has the entitlement to be present either personally or through legal representation.”

Trump watched the whole thing, and Habba kept asking for things. This made the judge tell her to “sit down” and stop arguing.

“I told you to sit down,” Kaplan said again.

Habba didn’t like the judge’s tone, so he told him, “I don’t appreciate being addressed in that manner.” Your Honour, I kindly ask that you stop talking to me in that way. I’m still asking for the meeting to be called off.

“It is denied.” “Sit down,” Kaplan said firmly.

Trump, who was at the defence table and could hear the jury, said, “He’s a very nasty guy.”

After this, Carroll took the stand and said that Trump’s denial, especially his comment that “she’s not my type,” made her think that he meant “I’m too ugly to be attacked.” After the defense’s move was turned down, Trump could be heard laughing.

Trump, the ex-president, openly expressed skepticism, amusement, and disapproval, shaking his head visibly while Carroll was on the witness stand.

During a recess, when the jury was not present, Carroll’s lawyer informed the judge about Trump’s reactions.

Judge Kaplan was told by Trump’s lawyer, Shawn Crowley, that Trump could be heard saying things like “Carroll’s statements are false” and “she now seems to have gotten her memory back.” Before the jury came back in, Kaplan took a moment to respond to Trump’s words. He told him to “take special care” to lower his voice when talking with his lawyer so that the jury wouldn’t hear.

But Trump didn’t seem to pay attention to this warning, which led Crowley to file another complaint after the jury took a lunch break. The lawyer, Crowley, told the judge that Trump had been saying things like “It is a witch hunt” and “It really is a con job.” As a video of Trump insulting Carroll was shown, Crowley said that Trump said, “It’s true.” Judge Kaplan then spoke to the defence from the bench.

Kaplan stressed that Trump had the right to be at the trial, but he also said that this right could be taken away if he kept being rude, which is what had been happening. The judge said he hoped he wouldn’t have to think about not letting Trump be a part of the trial.

Kaplan told Trump, “I know you’re probably hoping for that.” Trump excitedly replied, “I would love it, I would love it!”

It was clear that Trump had no power over the situation, so Kaplan said, “You just can’t.”

When the hearing started up again after lunch, the defence team quickly asked Kaplan to step down, saying that they thought the judge was “generally hostile” to Trump’s side. Kaplan’s answer was short and to the point: “Denied.”

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