A New York journalist has filed a claim for defamation against the previous president.
According to court documents filed on April 13, Donald Trump is questioning the prejudice and motivation behind the action after discovering it is being financed by Democratic donor Reid Hoffman.
The latest twist is the most recent in the ongoing legal battle involving Trump and author E. Jean Carroll, whose lawsuit has political overtones in the eyes of Trump’s attorneys.
Carroll made the claim against the previous president in 2019, claiming he molested her in the middle of the 1990s.
Carroll initiated a suit for defamation versus Trump in 2019, following Trump’s denial of her claims. The case is now pending in various state, federal, and appellate tribunals in New York and Washington, D.C.
President Donald Trump’s lawyers raised concerns about a defamation suit the president is facing, questioning the motive and possible bias behind it. It has been revealed that the non-profit funding the case is backed by billionaire Democrat mega-donor. https://t.co/QnAyj24uiL
— Constitutionalist 💯 🇺🇲 (@Kc_Casey1) April 14, 2023
Carroll brought a different defamatory complaint in the Southern District of New York in November 2022; the present matter was associated with what happened on Thursday.
Nonprofit Funding Exposed
Trump’s attorneys, Alina Habba and Joseph Tacopina, expressed worry in a communication dated April 13 over Carroll’s claim that no one was covering her legal costs in the deposition taken on October 14, 2022.
However, Carroll now remembers that at some time, her lawyer obtained extra money from a nonprofit organization to cover specific costs and attorney fees. This comes per communications from Carroll’s lawyer to Trump’s lawyers dated April 10.
Former President Trump is questioning the “bias and motive” behind a defamation suit against him by a #NewYork writer after learning the lawsuit is funded by Democrat megadonor Hoffman Reid, court filings indicate. https://t.co/DotQ5G5Rto
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) April 14, 2023
Hoffman is listed as the “primary donor” of American Future Republic on the Capital Research Center’s website Influence Watch.
This also describes the 501(c)(4) group as left-of-center. According to the web page, the charitable organization generated more than $21.9 million in income in 2019.
The lawyers representing Trump contend that it is demonstrably untrue to assert Carroll instantly recalled this financing after the case was litigated at two different points. This happened over the course of four years in state, federal, and appellate tribunals.