Businessman, presidential candidate, and onetime commander-in-chief Donald Trump has had yet another bad week.
On Thursday, a federal court overturned a previous ruling allowing an independent reviewer Trump’s attorney’s had hand-picked to review and potentially omit a number of classified documents from evidence in a case evaluating whether he illegally removed sensitive materials from the White House at the close of his presidency.
That same day, yet another federal judge ordered former top Trump White House lawyers Pat Cipollone and Patrick Philbin to provide additional grand jury testimony in a Department of Justice-led investigation into Trump’s alleged efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, rejecting both men’s previous claims of executive and attorney-client privilege surrounding the events of Jan. 6.
Meanwhile, down South, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows must testify in another criminal probe in Georgia, where Trump and his associates are currently facing a separate inquiry into his alleged efforts to overturn the results of the key battleground state’s 2020 election.
And up the coast in New York City, attorneys delivered closing arguments in a tax fraud suit against the Trump Organization focused on the actions of the company’s former Chief Financial Officer, Allen Weisselberg, who plead guilty to numerous fraud charges over the summer dating back to his work with the real estate company. The jury is expected to receive the case for review on Monday, CNN reported.
In short, Trump was already having a bad week, especially after new tax returns dating back to his time in office he’d long fought to keep hidden have since fallen into the hands of a Democratically-led House oversight committee. (It’s unclear when, or even if, those documents will ever see the light of day.)
But when it rains, it pours: on Thursday, Attorneys E. Jean Carroll—a famous columnist who accused Trump of raping her in a department store in the mid-1990s—submitted new arguments in an ongoing defamation lawsuit against the former president, countering claims by Trump’s attorneys that his allegedly defamatory statements, i.e. lying about the rape to sell copies of her book, were made as he was addressing the allegations in a briefing with the press.
“Trump did not attack Carroll intending to advance any federal interest,” her attorneys argued in legal documents filed this week. “Instead, he lied to protect himself from the truth and to destroy Carroll for daring to speak up.”
That trial is now scheduled to take place next April.
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