Trump Has Back & Forth With Judge Over Disruptive Claims

Things got excited in the courtroom during a civil trial in New York City as E. Jean Carroll gave testimony.

While she was giving testimony, the former President became frustrated and was heard saying, “That’s not true,” “It’s a witch hunt,” and “It really is a con job,” while Carroll spoke.

When it was time for the jury to go to lunch, Judge Kaplan told Trump that he had a right to be present during the trial, but if he continued to be disruptive, he would be dismissed.

“Mr. Trump, I hope I don’t have to consider excluding you from the trial,” Kaplan said in an exchange after the jury was excused for lunch, adding: “I understand you’re probably eager for me to do that.”

“I would love it,” Trump responded from the defense table.

“I know you would like it. You just can’t control yourself in this circumstance, apparently,” Kaplan said.

“You can’t either,” Trump muttered before walking out.

The crackdown was prompted by Caroll’s lawyer complaining about Trump while she gave testimony.

From Politico:

Kaplan’s threat came after Carroll’s lawyers complained twice that Trump had muttered during Carroll’s testimony in ways they believed the jury could hear.

Carroll lawyer Shawn Crowley told the judge that Trump had said “it is a witch hunt” and “it really is a con job,” echoing comments he has previously made about the case. After jurors watched a 2023 video of Trump calling an earlier trial against Carroll a “witch hunt” and a “disgrace,” Trump said, “it’s true,” according to Crowley.

The fireworks weren’t over yet.

After the lunch break, one of Trump’s lawyers, Michael Madiaio, requested that the Judge recuse himself, stating that Kaplan immediately accepted what Carroll’s lawyer Crowley had said.

Wouldn’t you know it, Crowley was a former law clerk for Kaplan.

Madaio noted that Kaplan had displayed “general hostility” toward the defense.

Kaplan replied: “Denied.”