Trump Case Update


Jack McCarthy

The last time I talked about Trump was when I wrote about his supposed indictment for the Stormy Daniels case. When I posted my article on March 30th, 2023, coincidentally, Trump was criminally indicted for 34 felony counts of making false business records and attempting to suppress the press during the 2016 campaign, primarily connected to the hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels. But that’s not what this article is about. This article is about E. Jean Carroll’s claim that Trump raped her in the 1990s and the trial that took place on April 25th. Although Trump denied the accusations against him, this isn’t the first time someone has spoken out, claiming that Trump sexually assaulted them. At least 26 women have spoken out about allegations of sexual assault against Trump. However, little to no legal action has resulted from this, and no one has gone to trial. But what’s happening with this trial? What’s happened so far?

Donald Trump raped me and when I wrote about it, he said it didn’t happen.

— E. Jean Caroll

The trial began on April 25th, 2023, and is a result of a lawsuit that she filed against Trump in 2022. Mrs. Caroll alleges that the former president attacked and raped her at a department store in NYC in the mid-1990s. Trump denies these allegations. Mrs. Caroll discussed this allegation in her memoir; Trump responded that she lied to boost her sales. Mrs. Caroll then filed a defamation suit against him in November 2019. The lawsuit was delayed until she filed a new lawsuit in November 2022. She renewed the defamation suit and added a claim for battery under the Adult Survivors Act. (A New York law that allows adult sexual violence survivors to sue for attacks that occurred a long time ago)

During the trial, Trump’s lawyer questioned Mrs. Caroll aggressively concerning the details of the alleged rape. He is trying to raise doubt about her story. Trump’s lawyer has suggested that this case has political motives because we have the upcoming 2024 presidential election. As of right now, Trump will not testify in this case. But former president Trump is not the first president to be brought up on allegations of sexual misconduct. After President Bill Clinton lied under oath about his affair with Monica Lewinsky, 4 other women came forward claiming President Clinton had sexually assaulted or harassed them. One woman claimed Bill Clinton raped her.
If Trump loses this case, it could cost him millions of dollars. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how the nine jurors decide this case.