Trump rape accuser wants DNA, not deposition — Analysis

A lawyer representing a woman who accused Donald Trump sexually assaulting her said that it would be too difficult to remove the ex-president.

Roberta Kaplan, the attorney for a woman who has accused former President Donald Trump of raping her, said on Tuesday that they did not want to depose the businessman-cum-politician, but would instead be demanding his DNA.

The accuser, E. Jean Carroll, who claims Trump raped her in the mid-1990s, stood by Kaplan’s side as the lawyer made the revelation in a Manhattan federal court during a pretrial hearing.

Kaplan explained outside the courthouse her reasoning, asserting that it would lead to an attempt to depose Trump in advance of trial. “an inordinate amount of delay.” “We want the case to go forward,”Sie said.

Attorney Alina Habba, who is representing Trump, said in response that the accuser’s lawyers had not requested any DNA, and called their approach “surprising.”

Habba was denied by Kaplan, who stated that the DNA test had been requested only after Habba’s case was filed with the state court. 

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Carroll has agreed to be named in media. He told reporters that the trial was taking place for all women. “who have been grabbed and groped, assaulted and raped by men in power and are silenced.”

She stated that she would. “never settle,” adding, “This is about principle. It’s about a powerful man assaulting and raping a woman, and then getting away with it. That’s not right.”

Carroll’s accusations were first published in a book from 2019. The former president is accused of raping her at a Manhattan high-end department store.

In a White House press release, Trump immediately denied all the claims. He questioned Carroll’s credibility and motivations during an Oval Office interview and again in statements to the media as he boarded a helicopter for Camp David.

Former president requested the US to be named as defendant in the suit. He expects the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals to grant his request.

Judge Lewis Kaplan, who presided over Tuesday’s hearing, ruled in October that Trump cannot be covered by a law protecting federal employees.

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