E. Jean Carroll, the talented and acerbic writer who has credibly accused Donald Trump of raping her in a New York department store dressing room in the mid-90s, is alleging that Heidi Stirrup, the White House liaison to the Department of Justice (DoJ), sought out derogatory and potentially damaging information about her late last year from a senior official at the DoJ.
According to a source referenced in an article in The Guardian that was shared in a tweet from Carroll herself, Stirrup believed the DoJ had information that could help Trump’s legal defense in the defamation suit Carroll had brought against him. The attorney who Stirrup sought information from regarding Carroll said that Stirrup approached them not long after a judge had ruled the DoJ couldn’t take over Trump’s defense.
Stirrup allegedly asked if the DoJ had uncovered any “derogatory information” about Carroll that they might share with her or Trump’s private counsel, including Rudy Giuliani, who was ironically the Mayor of New York City at the time of the incident. Stirrup also suggested that she could serve as the connection between the DoJ and those close to Trump and his private legal team. Stirrup then allegedly asked the official whether the DoJ had any information that Carroll or anyone on her legal team had “links with the Democratic party or partisan activists, who might have put her up to falsely accusing Trump of rape”, despite the fact that there have been at least 30 other credible accusations against him.
Carroll sued Trump in November 2019, alleging he had defamed her when he denied her account of having been raped by him. Carroll alleges Trump sexually assaulted her in a dressing room in Bergdorf Goodman, a high-end Manhattan department store, in either late 1995 or early 1996. Carroll still has the dress she was wearing with what she alleges is Trump’s residual DNA. Trump has yet to submit a sample to test against the dress, part of Carroll’s ongoing litigation against him.
— E. Jean Carroll (@ejeancarroll) January 14, 2021
Carroll’s case is unique, in that it’s one of very few that Trump hasn’t been able to shake. Nor has he been able to exhaust the tireless Carroll with his usual threats, appeals, and other stalling tactics. Carroll’s lawyer, Robbie Kaplan, is also in possession of tapes of outtakes from Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice”, so it’s not out of the realm of belief that he wanted the DoJ to take extreme measures to make sure the case never sees the light of day. And now that Trump has been impeached for the second time, there is also the potential for him to lose any federal protection from prosecution looms as he knows he has no protection in New York.
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