Another legal battle has clouded Trump’s 2024 presidential bid after a jury found him liable for sexually abusing and defaming E. Jean Carroll. Trump has denied wrongdoing in the case and decried Tuesday’s verdict as “a continuation of the greatest witch hunt of all time!” Joe Tacopina, the lead lawyer for Trump, said he planned to appeal. The ruling injects even more uncertainty into Trump’s campaign and his GOP support, which has polled strongly in his favor despite recent controversy. Carroll, who appeared on the TODAY show after the verdict, said, “I’m overwhelmed, overwhelmed with joy and happiness and delight for the women in this country.”
By Alex Leary and Lindsay Wise; May 10, 2023
A federal jury verdict holding Donald Trump liable for sexual abuse and defamation has injected new uncertainty into the 2024 presidential race, testing whether voters and Republican allies will stick with him through another controversy.
Tuesday’s decision on the allegations by columnist E. Jean Carroll marked the second time this year Mr. Trump has faced a significant legal setback, following an April indictment on charges in New York related to hush-money payments to a porn star. Ms. Carroll’s allegations—and those of other women who have accused Mr. Trump of misconduct over the years—could be on the agenda Wednesday night, when he is scheduled to participate in a CNN town hall in New Hampshire.