Former President Donald Trump intends to attend the new inauguration E. Jean Carroll civil suit on Tuesday, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the plans.
Trump plans to travel to New York from Des Moines, Iowa. NBC News predicted He won on Monday night, another source familiar with his travel plans said.
The lawsuit is based on a defamation case brought by Carroll, a magazine writer who accused the former president of raping her in the 1990s and then accused him of defamation when she went public with her allegations.
A New York jury Last year, Trump was sued by Carroll for sexual harassment and defamation. In May, he was paid 5 million dollars in compensation. The jury did not find Trump responsible for the rape allegations.
The second trial, set to begin Tuesday, involves Trump’s public comments about Carroll, both while he was president and after the jury’s verdict in May.
Cameras are not allowed in the U.S. District Court where the case is being heard, and it is unlikely that the U.S. Secret Service will allow Trump to address the cameras outside the courthouse.
After attending the trial, Trump is set to travel to New Hampshire for a campaign event on Tuesday night. The New Hampshire primary will be held on January 23.
The Carroll trial is one of many cases facing Trump this year as he seeks to return to the White House. Others include allegations that he attempted to sway the results of the 2020 election, mishandled classified documents and falsified business records related to hush money payments. Trump has pleaded not guilty to all criminal charges and has denied wrongdoing in civil cases.
Trump previously asked the court to stay the proceedings in the Carroll case for 90 days, but a federal appeals court Last month, he noted that he had rejected the former president’s request waited too long to present his defense of presidential immunity. Although Carroll filed the defamation suit in 2019, Trump did not raise his immunity claim until January of last year, the court said.