President Donald Trump’s lawyers urged a judge Wednesday to halt a lawsuit from a woman seeking Trump’s DNA to help prove her claim that he raped her in the 1990s, though her lawyer offered to hold off the DNA request for a time.
Former advice columnist E. Jean Carroll is suing Trump for calling her a liar when she went public with her rape allegation last year. Trump’s lawyers argue her case — including the DNA request — needs to wait until New York’s highest court rules in a separate case against him. That ruling could take several months or longer.
Judge Verna Saunders gave no indication Wednesday how or when she might rule on whether to pause Carroll’s case.
Carroll, who watched from the courtroom audience, said afterward she’s pursuing the suit “not just for myself but for every woman in America who’s been grabbed, groped, harassed, sexually assaulted, and has spoken out and still has been disgraced, shamed or fired.”