President Trump took the stand on Thursday to testify in E. Jean Carroll’s ongoing defamation lawsuit against him.
He testified for a total of around 4 minutes before District Judge Lewis Kaplan ended it.
The Clinton-appointed judge refused to allow for Trump to re-visit the jury’s findings from another trial held in May, in which Trump was ordered to pay Carroll $5 million.
Take a look:
JUST IN: Trump's lawyer Alina Habba calls the former president to the witness stand in E. Jean Carroll's defamation trial. pic.twitter.com/5s3RRKD6En
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 25, 2024
Donald Trump's testimony in the writer E. Jean Carroll's defamation case ended almost immediately after it began, with the former US president standing by his earlier testimony that Carroll's claim that he raped her was a hoax https://t.co/8qMqfLYdgk pic.twitter.com/vZyIVhmiUT
— Reuters (@Reuters) January 26, 2024
During Trump’s short testimony, he answered questions given by his lawyer, Alina Habba, and doubled down on his previous statements in the case.
When asked by Habba if he stood by his remarks made during an October 22 deposition in which he claimed Carroll’s rape allegation was a “false accusation, never happened, never would happen” and called her a “whack job” and “mentally sick”, Trump responded, “100% yes.”
After Trump’s testimony, the defense rested in the case. Closing arguments are scheduled for Friday morning.
Here’s more on Trump’s testimony in the civil defamation trial, from Reuters:
‘YOU ARE INTERRUPTING THESE PROCEEDINGS’