E. Jean Carroll and Donald Trump

E. Jean Carroll and Donald Trump

Trying to smooth out a historically strained relationship with the presiding judge, former President Donald Trump‘s new lawyer vowed there would be no delay tactics pending trial on writer E. Jean Carroll’s rape case.

“If you say start tomorrow, I’ll be ready,” promised Trump’s new star lawyer Joe Tacopina, who previously represented former Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez, rapper Jay-Z, Fox News anchor Sean Hannity, New York State Senator Hiram Monserrate, and Kimberly Guilfoyle.

Despite that assertion, Tacopina did request an adjournment of “weeks, not months,” to be present for the birth of his first grandchild.

He also wanted more time to scrutinize Carroll’s claim of emotional damages, to assess the lawsuit’s claims that the “music had stopped” and the “light had gone out” after Trump allegedly sexually assaulted her in the dressing room of a Bergdorf Goodman in the mid-1990s.

Senior U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, who repeatedly slammed Trump’s former counsel Alina Habba for what he described as stalling, indicated that he has confidence in Trump’s latest top attorney.

“To say we have no issues is a vast understatement,” Kaplan said.

But Kaplan added that the case has a history.

“But things keep happening in this case, the case involving your client, and I would have to take that into account too,” the judge added.

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