Donald Trump has misplaced his bid to delay the beginning of his civil trial towards E Jean Carroll, after he argued he wanted to take action to console his spouse Melania following the loss of life of her mom.
The former president had requested a one-week postponement of the trial – because of start on 16 January – in order that he may attend the funeral of Amalija Knavs, mom of Melania Trump.
Knavs’ loss of life was introduced on 9 January. She died on the age of 78 after an sickness.
Ms Trump introduced with “deep sadness” on Twitter/X that her mom handed away. Mr Trump described Knavs as a “great and beautiful mother” who might be missed by the household.
“This is a very sad night for the entire Trump family!!!” Mr Trump wrote on his social media web site, Truth Social. “Melania’s great and beautiful mother, Amalija, has just gone to a beautiful place in the sky. She was an incredible woman, and will be missed far beyond words!”
But in a courtroom order issued on Friday, Judge Lewis A Kaplan denied the previous president’s last-minute request for delay. “The Court offers its condolences to Mr and Mrs Trump and the rest of Ms. Knavs’ family,” the order acknowledged.
“Today [Friday], at 3:59pm, the start of the holiday weekend, Mr Trump’s counsel emailed a member of the Court’s staff a request for a one-week postponement of the trial, long scheduled to begin on January 16, 2024.
“The reason given was that Mr Trump proposes to spend January 17 and 18 traveling to and attending the funeral, which the family has scheduled for January 18, 2024 in Florida.
“The application is DENIED. The trial shall begin at 9:30am on January 16 2024 as scheduled. Mr Trump is free to attend the trial, the funeral, or all or parts of both, as he wishes.”
The software for postponement got here as Mr Trump equipped for presidential campaigning in Iowa forward of the state Caucus subsequent week.
In a video launched to supporters on Friday, he advised them that regardless of excessive climate circumstances, he “wouldn’t miss it for anything”.
Attorneys for E Jean Carroll beforehand warned that Mr Trump would “seek to sow chaos” on the civil trial, which can decide how a lot he owes the US journalist in damages for defaming her in 2019 after she got here ahead with accusations of rape.
It is expounded to the opposite defamation case that went to trial final yr wherein a jury decided the previous president was responsible for sexual abuse and defamation when he made statements denying he assaulted her in 2022. The jury awarded Ms Carroll $5m in damages for that.
“If Mr Trump appears at this trial, whether as a witness or otherwise, his recent statements and behavior strongly suggest that he will seek to sow chaos,” Roberta Kaplan, an lawyer for Ms Carroll mentioned in a submitting on Friday.