It is a small development, but every little win matters.
U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan has decided to grant a delay in the E. Jean Carroll case so that the former President could testify as part of the ongoing litigation.
The 45th President will be able to provide testimony in the ongoing trial even if the case has already concluded.
Brian Allen clarified: “In the case of E. Jean Carroll vs. Donald J. Trump, Judge Lewis A. Kaplan has issued an order regarding a postponement request.
Despite a last-minute request to delay the start of the trial due to a personal matter, the court denied the postponement, citing the significant advance notice given for the trial date and the potential inconvenience to all parties involved.
However, Judge Kaplan has indicated that if Trump concludes his defense by the set date and intends to testify, the court would grant a continuance until the following Monday to accommodate his testimony.”
#BREAKING In the case of E. Jean Carroll vs. Donald J. Trump, Judge Lewis A. Kaplan has issued an order regarding a postponement request.
Despite a last-minute request to delay the start of the trial due to a personal matter, the court denied the postponement, citing the… pic.twitter.com/r1GemzB0KK
— Brian Allen (@allenanalysis) January 14, 2024
The 45th President told the media that he would be testifying at the E. Jean Carroll trial: “Yeah, I’m gonna go to it, and I’m gonna explain, I don’t know who the hell she is.”
Reporter: "You have the Iowa caucuses Monday, an event in New Hampshire Tuesday, are you going to be back for the E. Jean Carroll case on Wednesday?"
Donald Trump: "Yeah, I'm gonna go to it and I'm gonna explain, I don't know who the hell she is." pic.twitter.com/XMAdAAuWo3
— The Recount (@therecount) January 11, 2024
According to The Epoch Times:
Judge Kaplan had initially denied President Trump’s request to postpone the trial for a week to attend his mother-in-law’s funeral.
The judge cited potential disruptions and inconveniences to jurors, lawyers, court staff, and security, emphasizing that the trial date had been communicated seven months earlier.
President Trump’s motion to delay, so he could attend his mother-in-law’s funeral, was previously denied.
Following the denial the 45th President remarked: “We asked the judge if I could take a day off for a funeral of my mother-in-law, who was very close to me also. And he said, no, can you imagine? These are animals.”
Trump is right. The judge is an “animal.” So is E. Jean Carroll for bringing this nonsensical case again Trump. It’s pure political persecution.
There’s a special place in hell for the judge and Carroll.
Whereas, Melania’s mom is in heaven.
— Paul A. Szypula 🇺🇸 (@Bubblebathgirl) January 15, 2024
CBS News reports: “Former President Donald Trump may be given an additional opportunity to testify in the second E. Jean Carroll defamation trial days after his defense lawyers rest their case, the judge in the case said Sunday.”
Former President Donald Trump may be given an additional opportunity to testify in the second E. Jean Carroll defamation trial days after his defense lawyers rest their case, the judge in the case said Sunday. https://t.co/bWN0u3JpyK
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 15, 2024
CNN covered the previous denial:
Trump asked the appeals court to delay the trial after he lost an earlier attempt to use presidential immunity as a defense to the defamation allegations.
He said he needed additional time to consider his options, including potentially seeking review by the US Supreme Court.
He could still do that, but he would need to move quickly since the defamation trial is set to begin on January 16.