Merrick Garland agrees with call for ‘speedy’ Trump trial
A lawyer for E Jean Carroll has said Donald Trump’s notorious Access Hollywood tape from 2005 will not be put before the New York jury considering how much defamation compensation he must pay after being find liable for sexual assaulting her, the Associated Press reports.
The jury is considering whether Mr Trump owes further damages to Ms Carroll after a previous jury awarded her $5 million when they ruled he had abused the former magazine columnist in a department store dressing room in 1996 and then defamed her in 2022.
The infamous tape depicts the former president joking about grabbing women “by the p****”.
Ms Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, told the judge the footage should not be shown to keep the “focus” on the trial.
For that same reason, Ms Kaplan also said she would not call fellow accusers Natasha Stoynoff and Jessica Leeds as witnesses.
Ms Stoynoff has previously alleged that Mr Trump groped her in the 1970s, while Ms Leeds said he had kissed her against her will in 2005.
Trump claims World Wars fought in America as cognitive decline concerns grow
Also in Rochester, the Republican front-runner offered this frankly very confused account of the First and Second World Wars, adding to the growing concerns about his mental health and exhausting schedule after a string of high-profile gaffes, including blaming Nikki Haley for the Capitol riot on Friday.
He offered another pretty boggling history lesson on Saturday when he cited the bombing of Hiroshima as justification for his call for absolute presidential immunity.
Trump, of course, insists he is quite well and has “aced” every acuity test going.
Here’s Katie Hawkinson on a matter of growing concern.
Joe Sommerlad22 January 2024 10:15
E Jean Carroll: Trump again denounces ‘totally fabricated story’ as lawyer declines to show Access Hollywood tape
Trump will be back in court in New York again on Monday as E Jean Carroll’s defamation trial resumes – and he could even testify, according to the AP.
He actually appeared to defame Carroll AGAIN during a rally appearance in Rochester, New Hampshire, last night, calling her sexual assault accusation against him, for which he was found liable by a jury last year and ordered to pay $5m in compensation, “a totally fabricated story”.
Meanwhile, a lawyer for E Jean Carroll has said Trump’s notorious Access Hollywood tape from 2005 will not be put before the jury considering how much defamation compensation he must pay her after denying in 2022 that the 1996 assault in a department store dressing room ever happened.
The infamous tape depicts the former president joking about grabbing women “by the p****”, as if you’d forgotten.
Roberta Kaplan, Carroll’s attorney, has told the judge the footage should not be shown to keep the “focus” on the trial.
For that same reason, Kaplan also said she would not be calling fellow accusers Natasha Stoynoff and Jessica Leeds as witnesses.
Stoynoff has previously alleged that Trump groped her in the 1970s while Leeds said he had kissed her against her will in 2005.
Joe Sommerlad22 January 2024 09:45
Why was ‘Trump bumps’ trending this week?
Michelle Del Rey22 January 2024 08:00
Donald Trump took time away from his ongoing legal issues to join his wife Melania at her mother’s funeral in Florida. The former president accompanied the former first lady to a church close to their Mar-a-Lago estate for the funeral of her mother Amalija Knavs. The couple’s 18-year-old son Baron attended, alongside other Trump family members. The 77-year-old GOP frontrunner is currently on trial over defamation allegations levelled by E. Jean Carroll. The president’s lawyer Alina Habba attempted to halt the Manhattan trial while he attended the funeral, but the judge refused since his presence is not required for the case to continue.
Michelle Del Rey22 January 2024 06:00
Haley attacks prospect of Trump-Biden rematch
Republican presidential contender Nikki Haley has warned against the prospect of November’s election becoming a rematch of the 2020 contest between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, asking: “Do we really want to have two 80-year-olds running for president when we have a country in disarray and a world on fire?”
Speaking at a CNN town hall event at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, ahead of next Tuesday’s state primary, Ms Haley told host Jake Tapper that both the GOP frontrunner and the president were so “distracted by their own investigations and their own grievances” that a renewed contest between them would not be in the best interests of the country.
Michelle Del Rey22 January 2024 04:00
ICYMI: Alina Habba’s past comments on faking being smart resurface as she struggles in court
Mike Bedigan has the story:
Michelle Del Rey22 January 2024 02:00
Haley hits back at ‘insecure’ Trump ahead of New Hampshire face-off
The former South Carolina governor said Mr Trump’s personal attacks mean he is feeling “threatened” and “insecure” as they head towards the state’s 2024 GOP presidential contest.
Martha McHardy has the story:
Michelle Del Rey22 January 2024 00:00
Trump could testify as soon as Monday: Associated Press
This jury is considering whether Mr Trump owes additional money to Ms Carroll after a previous jury awarded her $5 million when they ruled Mr Trump sexually abused the former columnist in 1996 and later defamed her in 2022.
Now, the former president could testify as soon as Monday, just hours ahead of the New Hampshire primary election on Tuesday, per the AP.
Katie Hawkinson21 January 2024 23:09
The week that GOP fantasies about Trump and the Democrats came crashing down
“People don’t think like I do and that’s the situation” could encapsulate the predicament the entire Republican Party faces. For the last few months, we at Inside Washington have said Republicans — all the way down from the squirreliest congress critters to the wealthiest donors to candidates — are engaged in a collective kind of magical thinking. Such wishful thinking has allowed the GOP to behave like they’re living in a world they would prefer, rather than the world as it is.
This week finally shattered that.
Continue reading the full article…
Michelle Del Rey21 January 2024 22:00
SNL cold open mocks Trump’s trials and legal team after a week of defence setbacks
Mr Trump was mocked in an SNL cold open skit over his legal troubles and attorneys, specifically Alina Habba, who is representing the former president in his defamation trial against columnist E Jean Carroll.
In the skit, which premiered on TV on Saturday, Mr Trump’s character, played by James Austin Johnson, refers to his legal team as “the bottom of the barrel, folks. This is who said yes.” He added: “I’m in the lead for president and this is the best I can get. Feels like a red flag, no?”
This week, Ms Habba received criticism of her cross-examination of Ms Carroll, resulting in a sidebar and sustained objections.
Michelle Del Rey21 January 2024 19:45