In a surprising turn of events, former President Donald Trump is now countersuing E. Jean Carroll for defamation. If you thought this legal battle had come to an end, think again! This is like an episode of “Law & Order” that just won’t quit. Trump is not backing down, and he’s fighting fire with fire.
Let’s recap the story so far. Carroll first sued Trump in 2019 for defamation after she claimed he sexually assaulted her in a department store in the mid-1990s. Trump denied the allegations and said Carroll wasn’t his “type.” I guess he has a type, huh? Anyway, the Department of Justice even tried to get involved, arguing that Trump should be treated as a government employee because he made the statements while he was President. Talk about a political drama!
Fast forward to 2022, and Carroll filed a second lawsuit against Trump, this time alleging rape and sexual abuse in addition to defamation. The case went to trial earlier this year, and the jury found Trump liable for sexual abuse (but not rape) and defamation. You win some, you lose some, I guess.
But hold on tight, because the plot thickens. After the verdict, Carroll requested to amend her first lawsuit to include the findings from the second trial. Guess what? The judge said yes, much to Trump’s chagrin. Now he’s retaliating with a countersuit for defamation based on Carroll accusing him of rape during an interview on CNN. It’s like a tennis match of lawsuits, back and forth, back and forth.
Trump’s lawyers are pulling out all the stops and claiming that Carroll made these false statements with “actual malice and ill will with an intent to significantly and spitefully harm and attack.” They’re arguing that Carroll intentionally spread her accusations on various platforms to reach as many people as possible. Talk about getting the message out there, huh?
Turnabout Is Fair Play? Donald Trump Is Countersuing E. Jean Carroll for Defamation https://t.co/0KVfOxYMSs
— Ross Caughell (@ross_caughell) June 29, 2023
In the midst of all this legal drama, the Department of Justice is caught in a sticky situation. They initially wanted to step in and defend Trump as a government employee, but now they’re scrambling to distance themselves from the whole mess. Can you blame them? I wouldn’t want to touch this case with a ten-foot pole.
So, here we are, folks. The never-ending legal battle between Trump and Carroll continues. It’s like watching a soap opera unfold right before our eyes. Will there ever be a resolution to this feud? Only time will tell. One thing’s for sure, though, it’s never a dull moment in politics. Stay tuned!