Trump Faces Dual Legal Defeats in Single Day

Trump's Legal Challenges Mount Across Borders

by Zain ul Abedin
Trump Faces Dual Legal Defeats in Single Day
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In a significant legal development, former President Donald Trump encountered a setback in his New York defamation lawsuit as a federal judge dismissed his plea for a postponement of the $83.3 million payment due to E. Jean Carroll.

This judgment was handed down shortly after a separate ruling in London, where Trump was mandated to compensate $382,000 to Orbis Business Intelligence, a firm established by ex-British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.

Trump had unsuccessfully pursued legal action against the company, alleging that its claims had detrimentally impacted his reputation. The defamation case stems from Carroll's allegations that Trump s-xually assaulted her in a Manhattan department store during the mid-1990s, a claim Trump has vehemently denied.

In January, a jury found in favor of Carroll, confirming that Trump's denial constituted defamation. Following this verdict, Judge Lewis Kaplan ordered Trump to secure the payment within 30 days, either through posting bond or directly, while his appeal is under consideration.

Trump's legal representatives have indicated that the bond amount during the appeal process would be approximately $91.63 million. Additionally, in May, another jury concluded that Trump had s-xually abused Carroll, although it did not categorize the incident as rape under state law, resulting in a $5 million damages award to Carroll.

Legal Battles Unfold

Reacting to Judge Kaplan's recent ruling, Trump's campaign spokesperson, Steven Cheung, criticized the decision as part of an "unlawful witch hunt" against the former president. Cheung expressed confidence in overturning the judgment upon further litigation and achieving "complete vindication." In the U.K.

case against Orbis, Trump's legal battle centered around allegations that the firm violated British data protection laws with the "Steele dossier," which contained unverified claims about Trump's connections to Russia. Despite Trump's claims of personal and reputational harm, Judge Karen Steyn ruled in favor of Orbis, noting the dossier's intended confidentiality and the tardiness of Trump's lawsuit.

These legal challenges compound with a previous judgment in a New York civil fraud case, where Trump and his enterprises were ordered to pay $355 million in penalties, a sum that escalates to $454 million with interest. This was after findings that Trump exaggerated his asset values for better loan conditions.

Trump has consistently professed his innocence across these legal confrontations, attributing the lawsuits to political motives aimed at undermining him.