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Trump Clashes with Judge Kaplan in E. Jean Carroll Case

During the ongoing defamation damages trial of former President Donald Trump in New York City, a series of intense exchanges unfolded between Trump and U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan.

Background of the Trial

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Trump is being tried for defamation against E. Jean Carroll, a former Elle magazine columnist, who accused him of sexual abuse in the 1990s. Last year, a jury found Trump liable for the abuse and defamation.

Proceedings Begin Amid Tensions

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The trial’s second day started with friction as Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, requested a trial adjournment for Melania Trump’s mother’s funeral, which Judge Kaplan denied.

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Clash Over Adjournment Request

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Kaplan’s firm denial of Habba’s adjournment request led to a sharp exchange, with Kaplan telling Habba to sit down and dismissing her request.

Trump’s Comments Overheard

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During the trial, Trump reportedly made comments within earshot of the jury, calling Kaplan “a very nasty guy” and laughing at Carroll’s testimony.

Carroll’s Testimony

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Carroll took the stand, recounting her interpretation of Trump’s denial of her claims, saying she felt he implied she was “too ugly to assault.”

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Trump’s Courtroom Behavior

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Trump’s behavior during Carroll’s testimony, including scoffing and shaking his head, was noticeable.

Defense Attorney’s Complaints

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Crowley, Carroll’s attorney, complained to the judge about Trump’s audible comments, such as labeling the trial a “witch hunt” and calling it a “con job.”

Judge’s Warning to Trump

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Judge Kaplan warned Trump to maintain decorum and not disrupt the proceedings, threatening to exclude him from the trial.

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Trump’s Challenge to Judge

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In response to Kaplan’s warning, Trump expressed his eagerness to be excluded, escalating the tension in the courtroom.

Defense’s Motion for Recusal

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Following the lunch break, Trump’s defense team, citing Kaplan’s “general hostility,” motioned for the judge’s recusal from the trial.

Kaplan’s Firm Response

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Judge Kaplan swiftly denied the motion for recusal with a concise response, underscoring the contentious atmosphere of the trial.

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Continuation of the Trial

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Despite the heated exchanges and challenges, the trial proceeds, with Trump’s actions and the judge’s responses under scrutiny.

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