Trump’s ‘Access Hollywood’ tape won’t be shown ahead of his potential testimony in E Jean Carroll case: Live

Donald Trump could testify in the E Jean Carroll damages case as soon as Monday, per the Associated Press

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A lawyer for E Jean Carroll says the infamous Donald Trump “Access Hollywood” tape from 2005 will not be put before a New York jury considering defamation damages, the Associated Press reports.

This jury is considering whether Mr Trump owes additional money to Ms Carroll after a previous jury awarded her $5 million when they ruled Mr Trump sexually abused the former columnist in 1996 and later defamed her in 2022.

The 2005 tape depicts the former president speaking poorly about women. Ms Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan, told the judge the tape should not be shown to keep the “focus” of the trial, according to the AP. For that same reason, Ms Kaplan also said she won’t call Natasha Stoynoff and Jessica Leeds as witnesses.

Ms Stoynoff previously said Mr Trump groped her against her will in the 1970s, while Ms Leeds said the former president kissed her against her will in 2005, the AP reports.

Now, the former president could testify as soon as Monday, just hours ahead of the New Hampshire primary election on Tuesday, per the AP.

Trump could testify as soon as Monday: Associated Press

A lawyer for E Jean Carroll says the infamous Donald Trump “Access Hollywood” tape from 2005 will not be put before a New York jury considering defamation damages, the Associated Press reports.

This jury is considering whether Mr Trump owes additional money to Ms Carroll after a previous jury awarded her $5 million when they ruled Mr Trump sexually abused the former columnist in 1996 and later defamed her in 2022.

Now, the former president could testify as soon as Monday, just hours ahead of the New Hampshire primary election on Tuesday, per the AP.

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The week that GOP fantasies about Trump and the Democrats came crashing down

Eric Garcia writes:

“People don’t think like I do and that’s the situation” could encapsulate the predicament the entire Republican Party faces. For the last few months, we at Inside Washington have said Republicans — all the way down from the squirreliest congress critters to the wealthiest donors to candidates — are engaged in a collective kind of magical thinking. Such wishful thinking has allowed the GOP to behave like they’re living in a world they would prefer, rather than the world as it is.

This week finally shattered that.

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This week, Republican fantasies about Trump and the Democrats came crashing down

The party has been stuck in magical thinking. Now, both right-wingers and centrists have been forced to accept some tough truths

Michelle Del Rey21 January 2024 22:00

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SNL cold open mocks Trump’s trials and legal team after a week of defence setbacks

Mr Trump was mocked in an SNL cold open skit over his legal troubles and attorneys, specifically Alina Habba, who is representing the former president in his defamation trial against columnist E Jean Carroll.

In the skit, which premiered on TV on Saturday, Mr Trump’s character, played by James Austin Johnson, refers to his legal team as “the bottom of the barrel, folks. This is who said yes.” He added: “I’m in the lead for president and this is the best I can get. Feels like a red flag, no?”

This week, Ms Habba received criticism of her cross-examination of Ms Carroll, resulting in a sidebar and sustained objections.

Read more below:

SNL cold open mocks Trump’s trials and legal team after a week of setbacks

The Trump character said he doesn’t intend to pay his legal team for their labour

Michelle Del Rey21 January 2024 19:45

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Trump struggles to say the word ‘climate’ and reveals he recently took a cognitive test

At a New Hampshire campaign rallyDonald Trump claimed to have “aced” a recent cognitive test and struggled to pronounce the word “climate,” footage from the event shows.

“I don’t know if you saw, but a few months ago, I took a cognitive test my doctor gave me,” Mr Trump told supporters at the Saturday event.

His comments came just after former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley questioned whether the former president was mentally capable of taking office again after he appeared to repeatedly confuse her with former US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a campaign speech on Friday.

“I said, ‘give me a cognitive test, just so we can you know,’ because you know what the standards were, and I aced it,” Mr Trump continued.

Read more about Mr Trump’s comments:

Trump struggles to say ‘climate’ and reveals he recently took a cognitive test

At a New Hampshire campaign rally, former president claims he ‘aced’ a cognitive test just months ago

Katie Hawkinson21 January 2024 19:07

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Mr Trump calls for heckler to be removed from New Hampshire campaign rally

“You can get him out of here. Get out of here. Go ahead,” the former president can be heard saying in footage of the event. “You can throw him out,” the former president said from the podium.

The man was then escorted from the event by four security guards.

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Michelle Del Rey21 January 2024 16:44

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Fani Willis says deputy’s estranged wife ‘interfering’ with Trump prosecution

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has pushed back on allegations that she has had an “improper” relationship with her deputy, instead accusing his estranged wife of attempting to interfere with their prosecution of Donald Trump.

Ms Willis has been issued a subpoena to sit for a pretrial deposition in the divorce case of special prosecutor Nathan Wade and his wife Joycelyn Wade on 23 January. On Thursday, Ms Willis’s lawyer said in a filing that the subpoena should be dismissed.

Attorney Cinque Axam, representing Ms Willis, argued that Ms Wade “has conspired with interested parties in the criminal election interference case to use the civil discovery process to annoy, embarrass and oppress District Attorney Willis”.

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Gustaf Kilander21 January 2024 14:00

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Merrick Garland calls for ‘speedy’ trial in Trump federal election interference case

US Attorney General Merrick Garland said he agrees with Special Counsel Jack Smith’s request for a speedy trial in Donald Trump’s federal election interference case – citing an increased public interest ahead of the 2024 election.

In an interview with CNN this week, Mr Garland provided few, but firm, comments on the special counsel’s investigation and upcoming trial against Mr Trump related to the former president’s alleged involvement in conspiring and working to overturn the 2020 election results.

“The special prosecutor has said from the beginning that he thinks public interest requires a speedy trial, which I agree with,” Mr Garland said.

Ariana Baio reports on the attorney general’s remarks:

US attorney general calls for ‘speedy’ trial in Trump election interference case

As of now, Trump is slated to face three criminal trials before election day in November

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Prosecutors ask for six-month prison term for ex-Trump aide Peter Navarro

The Department of Justice has asked for a six-month prison sentence for former Trump aide Peter Navarro for contempt of Congress.

On Thursday, federal prosecutors argued in a 20-page filing that Mr Navarro put his loyalty to former President Donald Trump above the law when he declined to work with the House Select Committee looking into the Capitol riot on 6 January 2021.

Mr Navarro, who was a trade and pandemic adviser in the Trump White House who later pushed baseless claims of voter fraud, acted without a lawyer as he defied a subpoena from the House, instead relying on a press statement issued by former President Donald Trump in November 2021 saying that he didn’t have to work with another committee that was looking into the handling of the pandemic, prosecutors argued.

The 74-year-old was found guilty of two charges of contempt in September last year after he refused to testify or hand over documents after receiving a House subpoena in February 2022.

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Gustaf Kilander21 January 2024 10:45

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Trump yet again gets confused between Biden and Obama

Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough, who served in the US House as a Florida Republican between 1995 and 2001, said on MSNBC on Friday morning that “Donald Trump is not well, we know this”.

“He really does think that Barack Obama is still president of the United States,” he added.

Gustaf Kilander has the story:

Trump confuses Biden and Obama… again

‘Donald Trump is not well, we know this – He really does think that Barack Obama is still president of the United States,’ Joe Scarborough says

Oliver O’Connell21 January 2024 06:45

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Donald Trump attends funeral of Melania’s mother as trial continues in New York

Donald Trump took time away from his ongoing legal issues to join his wife Melania at her mother’s funeral in Florida. The former president accompanied the former first lady to a church close to their Mar-a-Lago estate for the funeral of her mother Amalija Knavs. The couple’s 18-year-old son Baron attended, alongside other Trump family members. The 77-year-old GOP frontrunner is currently on trial over defamation allegations levelled by E. Jean Carroll. The president’s lawyer Alina Habba attempted to halt the Manhattan trial while he attended the funeral, but the judge refused since his presence is not required for the case to continue.

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