In a recent turn of events, former President Donald Trump’s attempt to set up the judge in the E. Jean Carroll trial for potential backlash if the jury rules against him have spectacularly backfired. According to former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan effectively outmaneuvered Trump, who suggested he would testify before the Manhattan jury. This surprise move created a significant problem for Trump’s legal team.
Vance explained that Judge Kaplan “called Trump’s bluff” by extending a deadline for Trump to commit to testifying. Trump had made an ostentatious statement on a golf course in Ireland, claiming he had to cut his trip short to defend himself against the “terrible allegations.” However, within hours of this statement, Trump’s lawyer was in court, informing the judge that they were done presenting evidence.
Vance pointed out that once a party closes in a trial, no more evidence can be presented. By offering Trump every opportunity to testify and extending the deadline, Judge Kaplan has outsmarted the former president. This move not only exposes Trump’s tactics but also prevents him from later claiming that he had a biased judge who didn’t give him a fair chance.
If Trump does end up testifying, his legal team will face an entirely different challenge. However, it is more likely that Trump will not testify, leaving him without an excuse to criticize the judge. As millennial readers of The Young Turks, it’s essential to stay informed about the legal battles involving high-profile individuals like Trump. This case highlights the importance of a fair and just legal system where judges remain impartial and focused on the truth rather than succumbing to political pressure.