Crooked Court Sabotages Trump Again

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( – On Thursday, a federal appeals court declined former President Donald Trump’s request to halt the defamation lawsuit filed against him by author E. Jean Carroll while the Supreme Court reviews his assertion of immunity. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York, which had previously determined that Trump could not claim presidential immunity in Carroll’s case, issued a brief denial of the appeal.

Trump’s legal team had sought a 90-day delay in the proceedings against Carroll, arguing that proceeding without resolving the immunity issue would challenge the established principle that lower courts must wait during an appeal related to immunity. However, the Second Circuit had earlier concluded that Trump forfeited any claim to immunity by not asserting it back in 2019.

Carroll accused Trump of raping her in a New York department store in the mid-1990s, an allegation Trump has consistently denied. She filed a lawsuit against him in 2019. In May, a jury found Trump liable for sexual assault, battery, and defamation, awarding Carroll $5 million. However, they did not uphold her claim of rape. Carroll has subsequently filed a second defamation lawsuit against Trump, in which a federal judge has already found him liable. A trial scheduled for January 16 will determine the damages Trump owes.

In response to Carroll’s ongoing allegations, Trump countersued in June. However, Judge Lewis Kaplan, presiding over both cases, dismissed Trump’s counterclaim in August.

In a separate matter, Special Counsel Jack Smith has requested the Supreme Court to decide on Trump’s claim of immunity regarding federal charges related to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. Despite Trump’s frequent criticisms of Smith, his attorneys referenced Smith in their motion, pointing to Smith’s description of the immunity issue as “weighty and consequential.”

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