Trump Rages About ‘Hoaxes’ and ‘Scum’ in Unsealed Deposition

(Bloomberg) — Donald Trump’s sworn testimony in a defamation swimsuit by a New York creator who accuses him of rape was partially unsealed, revealing the previous president’s rage in regards to the case and lots of different alleged “hoaxes.”

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Trump, who was deposed Oct. 19 by former Elle journal recommendation columnist E. Jean Carroll’s attorneys, known as his accuser a “wack job” and threatened to sue her and her legal professional, based on a partial transcript made public Friday by a federal decide in Manhattan.

“This ridiculous scenario that we’re doing proper now. It’s a giant, fats hoax,” Trump, 76, mentioned in the course of the deposition at his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida. “She’s a liar and he or she’s a sick individual for my part.”

The partial unsealing of the deposition is a uncommon have a look at Trump’s demeanor beneath oath. It comes as the previous president faces an array of authorized challenges, from New York state’s $250 million fraud swimsuit in opposition to him and his firm, to the continued federal legal probe into his dealing with of White Home paperwork. Trump has denied wrongdoing in all of the issues.

Beneath questioning by Carroll’s legal professional Roberta Kaplan, Trump agreed in the course of the deposition that he makes use of the phrase “hoax” usually, probably greater than 250 occasions in 2020 alone. Requested what different hoaxes had been cooked as much as undermine him, Trump pointed to Particular Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into whether or not his allies had been concerned in Russia’s effort to intervene within the 2016 election, in addition to the Ukraine scandal that led to his first impeachment.

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“The Russia Russia Russia hoax,” Trump replied. “It’s been confirmed to be a hoax. Ukraine Ukraine Ukraine hoax. The Mueller scenario for 2 and a half years hoax resulted in no collusion. It was a complete large hoax.”

He blamed the various alleged hoaxes on “the scum now we have in our nation.”

Requested if he believes local weather change is a hoax, too, Trump mentioned it’s “largely a hoax.” He was additionally requested if he thought mail-in ballots are a hoax, based on the submitting.

“Yeah, I certain do,” he mentioned, although he additionally mentioned he votes by mail.

Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, didn’t instantly reply to a message searching for remark.

Carroll went public in 2019 along with her declare that Trump raped her within the Nineteen Nineties in a dressing room of the Bergdorf Goodman division retailer. Trump, then president, publicly accused her of fabricating the assault to promote a ebook. Carroll responded by submitting a defamation swimsuit, which is ready to go to trial in April if an ongoing attraction by the previous president fails.

Throughout the deposition, Trump known as Carroll’s writer, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., “radical” and “left-leaning.”

Kaplan identified Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner’s ebook was additionally printed by HarperCollins.

“Could possibly be, however they printed some very dangerous ones too,” Trump responded.

Kaplan requested Trump if he’d ever kissed a lady with out her consent — one thing Carroll says occurred at the beginning of the alleged sexual assault.

“Properly, I don’t — I can’t consider any complaints,” Trump mentioned. “However no. I imply, I don’t assume so.”

The previous president was then requested if he’d ever touched a lady on her breasts or buttocks with out permission.

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“Properly, I’ll inform you no, however you’ll have some individuals like your shopper that lie,” Trump mentioned.

“Have you learnt what the time period ‘sexual harassment’ means?” Kaplan requested Trump.

“Yeah, just about,” he mentioned, earlier than the transcript excerpt cuts off.

One in all Trump’s extra notorious scandals concerned a scorching mic incident that got here to gentle in the course of the 2016 presidential marketing campaign, when the then-candidate advised “Entry Hollywood” TV host Billy Bush about kissing and groping ladies with out consent, adultery and different crude, sexually aggressive feedback.

Throughout the questioning, Trump vigorously and repeatedly denied ever attacking Carroll and reiterated his declare that he’d by no means met her and didn’t know who she was. He additionally repeated that Carroll wasn’t his “sort.”

“Once I say she’s not my sort, I say she just isn’t a lady I’d ever be drawn to,” Trump mentioned. “There isn’t a cause for me to be drawn to her. I simply — it’s not even meant to be an insult.”

Trump repeatedly obtained aggravated with Kaplan in the course of the testimony, at one level calling her a “political operative” and a “shame” earlier than saying he’d be taking her and Carroll to court docket.

“I can be suing you additionally, however I’ll be suing her very strongly as quickly as this case ends,” Trump mentioned. “However I’ll be suing you additionally.”

“Are you finished?” Kaplan requested.

“Yeah,” the previous president responded.

(Updates with touch upon writer in eleventh paragraph. An earlier model of the story corrected date of deposition.)

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