Arguments Canceled In E. Jean Carroll Case Against Trump - 2020-10-21
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department was set to face questions from a federal judge on Wednesday about the government's unusual effort to take over President Donald Trump's private defense against a defamation lawsuit filed by the writer and columnist E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of rape.
But less than an hour before the hearing was supposed to begin, the DOJ lawyer who was going to argue asked for a delay, saying that he'd been turned away from the Manhattan federal courthouse that morning because he hadn't complied with the state's coronavirus travel restrictions. The judge gave DOJ three options: send another lawyer to the courthouse, argue by phone, or cancel the hearing altogether and have the judge decide on each side's written briefs alone.
The Justice Department went for the last option, ending the proceeding shortly after it began.