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Here are some images coming through the newswires from E J Carroll’s defamation trial against Donald Trump:

E. Jean Carroll enters Manhattan Federal Court, in the second civil trial after she accused former U.S. President Donald Trump of raping her decades ago, in New York City, U.S., January 18, 2024.
E. Jean Carroll enters Manhattan Federal Court, in the second civil trial after she accused former U.S. President Donald Trump of raping her decades ago, in New York City, U.S., January 18, 2024. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
Former US president and 2024 presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives at 40 Wall Street to address the media following the leaving the second day of his defamation trial involving former magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll at Manhattan federal court in New York, United States on January 17, 2024.
Former US president and 2024 presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives at 40 Wall Street to address the media following the leaving the second day of his defamation trial involving former magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll at Manhattan federal court in New York, United States on January 17, 2024. Photograph: Selcuk Acar/Getty Images

E Jean Carroll cross examination resumes

Cross examination in E J Carroll’s defamation trial against Donald Trump has resumed.

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Throughout yesterday’s trial, Donald Trump did not hold back his outbursts as E J Carroll delivered her testimony.

Victoria Bekiempis, who was in the courtroom, reports for the Guardian:

As Carroll spoke, Trump complained audibly and appeared to double down on defamatory denials, her lawyer said during a morning break in the proceedings.

“Mr Trump has been sitting at the back table and has been loudly saying things throughout Ms Carroll’s testimony,” said attorney Shawn Crowley.

“It’s loud enough for us to hear it,” Crowley said, so “I imagine it’s loud enough for the jury to hear it.”

Before court resumed after the break, judge Lewis Kaplan cautioned: “I’m just going to ask Mr Trump to take special care to keep his voice down when conferring with counsel, so that the jury does not overhear.”

Trump did not heed Kaplan’s instruction and, before the lunch break, Crowley brought up his comments again.

“The defendant has been making statements again [that] we can hear at counsel table,” Crowley said.

“He said it is a ‘witch-hunt’, it really is a con-job.”

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In another post on Truth Social, Donald Trump announced his arrival to West Palm Beach on Thursday for the funeral of his late mother-in-law, Amaljia Knavs.

“Today will be devoted to the funeral (Celebration!!!) of a GREAT WOMAN, ‘Babi,’ the Beloved Mother of Melania and Grandmother of Barron — And what a Woman she was!!!” Trump wrote.

He added that he will return to New Hampshire over the weekend where he vowed to hold “big rallies.”

Trump’s legal team has tried to delay the E J Carroll trial for Knav’s funeral but judge Lewis Kaplan refused. Kaplan said that Trump would be allowed to testify next Monday if he is unable to appear in court on Thursday.

Following yesterday’s trial, Donald Trump took to Truth Social to once again rant about E J Carroll, her legal team and judge Lewis Kaplan, calling the case a “ridiculous hoax.”

In a fiery post on his social media platform, Trump wrote:

“The whole story is a MADE UP & DISGUSTING HOAX! Like the now fully discredited RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA HOAX, & all of the others, this one is also conceived, funded, & carried out by Democrat Political Operatives like her lawyer (who I just beat in another SCAM case!) his one is also conceived, funded, & carried out by Democrat Political Operatives like her lawyer (who I just beat in another SCAM case!)…”

E Jean Carroll to continue testimony in second defamation trial against Trump

E J Carroll is set to testify again on Thursday as part of her civil defamation trial against Donald Trump.

Carroll’s testimony will follow testy exchanges involving the ex president, his attorney Alina Habba and US district judge Lewis Kaplan on Wednesday.

Throughout Carroll’s testimony in which she said, “I’m here because Donald Trump assaulted me…he lied and it shattered my reputation,” Trump loudly complained about the case. Trump’s audible grumbling caused Carroll’s legal team to argue that the ex president was being loud enough for the jury to potentially hear his remarks.

Kaplan, a no-nonsense judge, repeatedly warned Trump to refrain from disrupting the court and at one point threatened to kick him out of the trial. In response, Trump said, “I would love it, I would love it.”

Trump is back in Florida on Thursday to attend the funeral of his late mother-in-law Amaljia Knavs who died last week at 78-years old. Trump’s legal team has tried to delay the trial for the funeral, which Kaplan refused.

Here are other developments in US politics:

  • The House is set to convene today in attempts to find Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress.

  • California’s governor Gavin Newsom has vowed to block a proposed ban on tackle football for children under 12, expressing concern over their health and safety.

  • Senate Democrats are condemning Republicans’ “cruel” abortion bans ahead of the 51st anniversary of Roe v Wade.

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