Donald Trump requested trial date for E. Jean CarrollThe defamation trial be postponed.
He said he would travel on Wednesday to attend his mother-in-law’s funeral.
His campaign website says he will be in New Hampshire for a campaign rally that evening.
Donald Trump asked a judge to postpone his trial to attend his mother-in-law’s funeral, but failed to mention that he also had to attend a campaign rally.
According to court documents reviewed by Business Insider, Trump’s lawyers requested Friday that Justice Lewis Kaplan postpone the trial date for Defamation suit by E. Jean Carroll due to the sudden death of Amalija Knavs, his wife’s mother Melanie Trump, last week. The trial was scheduled to begin this Wednesday.
According to his lawyer, Alina Habba, Trump was unable to attend the trial in New York on Wednesday and Thursday because he would be traveling to Florida to attend the funeral. According to the letter, Trump’s team requested that the trial be postponed until the following week.
Kaplan denied that request later Friday, saying that while the court “sends its condolences” to the Trump family, the trial would continue as scheduled. Trump is not required to be present at the trial, as Kaplan pointed out, but the former president had expressed interest in attending.
“Mr. Trump is free to attend the trial, the funeral, or all parties, or both, as he wishes,” Kaplan wrote.
However, a letter sent Saturday by Carroll’s attorneys noted that may not be the whole story. While Trump told the judge he would “travel to be with his family,” Carroll’s lawyers pointed out that Trump had a election rally scheduled in New Hampshire the same day.
“There was no mention of any scheduling conflicts in connection with Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign,” Carroll’s lawyers wrote.
Trump’s campaign website shows the Portsmouth, New Hampshire event scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. Eastern. It is unclear if he still plans to attend the event, but it is still possible for the public to register for tickets starting Saturday evening. The funeral is scheduled for Thursday, which means it might be possible to attend all three events – on a tight schedule.
On Truth Social, Trump criticized the judge overseeing the defamation case for not postponing the trial, calling him a “bad person and an even worse judge.”
“Crazy, Trump-hating Judge Lewis Kaplan…was asked if he could delay this rigged political scam for a day so I could attend MY BELOVED MOTHER-IN-LAW’S FUNERAL WITH MY WIFE, L ‘FORMER (AND NEXT!) FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES – AND HE SAID NO,’ Trump wrote on Saturday.
In the same Truth Social article, Trump also accused Kaplan of deliberately scheduling the trial in the middle of the New Hampshire primary, but did not respond to Carroll’s letter.
A spokesperson for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.
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