Two Decisions This Week That Inch Trump Closer To Being Held Accountable

R.VanWagoner
10 min readMar 13, 2022
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This week’s highlights include a continuation of Trump’s losing streak in both state and federal courts.

Consistency may be Trump’s only virtue.

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E. Jean Carroll

E. Jean Carroll is back in the news. You may recall, she accused Trump of raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the mid-90s. She disclosed her allegation against then private citizen Trump after he was president.

As Trump does when women credibly accuse him of sexual assault, he declared Carroll a “total liar.” Despite photographic evidence to the contrary, Trump claimed they’d never met. Trump also defended his personal honor by assuring the public that Carroll wasn’t his “type,” which means she did not fall within the group of women he would have been interested in — raping. He made these denials to two news outlets and issued a written statement claiming her accusations were totally false, politically motivated, and to sell a book.

Carroll didn’t take well to being called a “total liar” by her alleged rapist. In November 2019, she sued Trump as a private citizen in New York state court for defamation, seeking unspecified damages including punitive damages for the libel and slander.

As the date for Trump’s court-ordered production of a DNA sample for comparison against “unidentified male DNA” found at the time on Carroll’s dress closed in, Trump leapt at the opportunity to prove his innocence by producing globs of DNA, certain proof that Carroll truly fell outside the “type” of woman Trump would be interested in – raping.

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Pen and Ink, Richard J Van Wagoner, Courtesy of Van Wagoner Family Trust**

Trump did everything he could to persuade the state court judge to dismiss the lawsuit, without success. The state judge permitted Carroll’s defamation case against Trump to proceed.

After his failed efforts to derail Carroll’s defamation case in New York state court, Trump…

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R.VanWagoner

Exercising my right not to remain silent. Criminal defense and First Amendment attorney.