Trump Gets Dragged Into Court

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Former President Donald Trump will be deposed next week in a defamation suit after a federal judge denied Trump’s motion that the proceedings be paused until after the appeals process has played out.

The defamation suit springs from an accusation of rape E. Jean Carroll made against the former President.

Carroll accused Trump of raping her in the 1990s at a department store in Manhattan. Trump responded by denying Carroll’s claims and criticizing her appearance, prompting Carrol to file a defamation lawsuit against Trump.

Trump, however, requested that proceedings in the defamation trial be paused while the D.C. Court of Appeals determines whether Trump was acting in his official capacity as President when he made comments about Carroll’s accusations and appearance.

On Wednesday (October 12), U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled that Trump’s argument didn’t meet legal threshold requirements for a stay to be issued. Instead, Kaplan explained Trump hasn’t illustrated that his appeal is likely to succeed based on merit.

In his ruling, Kaplan wrote that the D.C. Appeal Court could rule either way on the question, explaining that Trump did not provide sufficient reason that the decision would be in his favor.

Kaplan’s Wednesday ruling dictates that Trump fails to display that he will experience irreparable injury if a stay isn’t granted.

Kaplan states in his ruling that Carrol would experience irreparable injury if a stay is granted. The District Judge points to Trump’s attempts to delay the case as much as possible, citing the elapsed 20 months since Kaplan denied Trump’s motion to substitute the United States for him in the lawsuit.